(measure: thousand tourists; Source: World Tourism Organization)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
South Korea: Tourist arrivals
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1995 to 2018. The average value for South Korea during that period was 8135 thousand tourists with a minimum of 3684 thousand tourists in 1996 and a maximum of 17242 thousand tourists in 2016.
The latest value from 2018 is 15347 thousand tourists. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 160
countries is 8597 thousand tourists.
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use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
Definition: International inbound tourists (overnight visitors) are the number of tourists who travel to a country other than that in which they have their usual residence, but outside their usual environment, for a period not exceeding 12 months and whose main purpose in visiting is other than an activity remunerated from within the country visited. When data on number of tourists are not available, the number of visitors, which includes tourists, same-day visitors, cruise passengers, and crew members, is shown instead. Sources and collection methods for arrivals differ across countries. In some cases data are from border statistics (police, immigration, and the like) and supplemented by border surveys. In other cases data are from tourism accommodation establishments. For some countries number of arrivals is limited to arrivals by air and for others to arrivals staying in hotels. Some countries include arrivals of nationals residing abroad while others do not. Caution should thus be used in comparing arrivals across countries. The data on inbound tourists refer to the number of arrivals, not to the number of people traveling. Thus a person who makes several trips to a country during a given period is counted each time as a new arrival.