Table 10.1 :   FLOW OF TOURISTS BY NATIONALITY, 2006 - 2008
Country of    
Nationality No. of Tourists Percentage Share % Change Over Previous Year
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008
Total 395,320 601,923 675,889 683,012 100 100 100 100 -35.9 52.3 12.3 1.1
Europe 306,856 457,535 495,371 497,560 77.6 76.0 73.3 72.8 -35.5 49.1 8.3 0.4
Italy 70,115 118,929 117,246 103,673 17.7 19.8 17.3 15.2 -46.5 69.6 -1.4 -11.4
United Kingdom 87,264 107,995 125,158 116,821 22.1 17.9 18.5 17.1 -23.4 23.8 15.9 -6.7
Germany 55,782 70,830 72,269 69,240 14.1 11.8 10.7 10.1 -23.6 27.0 2.0 -4.2
France 21,640 43,627 45,301 48,100 5.5 7.2 6.7 7.0 -53.1 101.6 3.8 6.2
Switzerland 19,321 26,251 26,183 26,983 4.9 4.4 3.9 4.0 -33.9 35.9 -0.3 3.1
Russia 14,582 21,955 31,845 48,978 3.7 3.6 4.7 7.2 -19.3 50.6 45.0 53.8
Austria 9,358 14,100 13,673 13,462 2.4 2.3 2.0 2.0 -28.3 50.7 -3.0 -1.5
Spain 3,510 6,678 8,798 8,217 0.9 1.1 1.3 1.2 -53.6 90.3 31.7 -6.6
Nether land 4,151 8,050 6,479 5,595 1.1 1.3 1.0 0.8 -37.5 93.9 -19.5 -13.6
Portugal 2,238 3,655 4,188 4,150 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 -38.0 63.3 14.6 -0.9
Belgium 1,595 3,990 3,552 3,368 0.4 0.7 0.5 0.5 -48.3 150.2 -11.0 -5.2
Greece 1,703 3,584 4,850 4,926 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.7 -42.3 110.5 35.3 1.6
Sweden 1,318 1,800 2,149 3,542 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5 -46.9 36.6 19.4 64.8
Norway 1,141 1,613 1,808 2,596 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 -14.3 41.4 12.1 43.6
Denmark 1,095 1,499 1,819 1,834 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 -12.8 36.9 21.3 0.8
Finland 357 518 789 865 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 -54.7 45.1 52.3 9.6
Other Countries 11,686 22,461 29,264 35,210 3.0 3.7 4.3 5.2 -45.6 92.2 30.3  
Asia 71,902 121,427 150,813 145,558 18.2 20.2 22.3 21.3 -38.5 68.9 24.2 0.8
Japan 23,269 39,528 41,121 38,193 5.9 6.6 6.1 5.6 -50.4 69.9 4.0 -7.1
China/Taiwan/Hong Kong 12,332 27,705 38,566 43,744 3.1 4.6 5.7 6.4 -47.2 124.7 39.2 26.0
India 10,260 12,071 17,327 16,663 2.6 2.0 2.6 2.4 -6.7 17.7 43.5 -3.8
Korea 6,543 16,157 20,976 20,934 1.7 2.7 3.1 3.1 -32.4 146.9 29.8 -0.2
Sri Lanka 7,165 7,954 9,654 9,752 1.8 1.3 1.4 1.4 -14.2 11.0 21.4 1.0
Thailand 1,114 2,251 3,663 3,952 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 -66.1 102.1 62.7 7.9
Singapore 3,258 4,255 4,456 4,956 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 8.0 30.6 4.7 11.2
Malaysia 2,366 2,915 2,999 3,137 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.5 -18.6 23.2 2.9 4.6
Pakistan 940 1,119 1,013 1,191 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 -38.5 19.0 -9.5 17.6
Philippines 565 666 982 871 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 13.2 17.9 47.4 -11.3
Bangladesh 643 1,050 1,284 455 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 387.1 63.3 22.3 -64.6
Other Countries 3,447 5,756 8,772 1,710 0.9 1.0 1.3 0.2 -45.4 67.0 52.4 -80.5
Africa 3,460 4,169 4,846 5,694 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.8 -35.0 20.5 16.2 17.5
South Africa 2,392 2,973 3,293 3,732 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 -37.8 24.3 10.8 13.3
Other Countries 1,068 1,196 1,553 1,962 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 -27.8 12.0 29.8 26.3
America 7,244 10,813 14,198 14,485 1.8 1.8 2.1 2.1 -22.9 49.3 31.3 2.0
U.S.A 4,833 7,150 9,348 8,853 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.3 -19.4 47.9 30.7 -5.3
Canada 1,426 2,196 2,851 2,966 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 -31.1 54.0 29.8 4.0
Argentina 78 116 191 245 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -47.3 48.7 64.7 28.3
Other Countries 907 1,351 1,808 2,421 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4 -22.7 49.0 33.8 33.9
Oceania 5,858 7,979 10,661 10,574 1.5 1.3 1.6 1.5 -36.9 36.2 33.6 -0.8
Australia 5,087 6,892 9,406 9,368 1.3 1.1 1.4 1.4 -38.1 35.5 36.5 -0.4
Other Countries 771 1,087 1,255 1,206 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 -27.9 41.0 15.5 -76.9
Source: Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture
     Department of Immigration & Emigration