Tourism in Angola

Angola recorded a total of 218,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 155th in the world in absolute terms.

Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Angola, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0063 tourists per resident, Angola ranked 192nd in the world. In Central Africa, it ranked 6th.

In 2020, Angola generated around 19.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.028 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central Africa.

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Development of the tourism sector in Angola from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Angola each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g., crew members of ships or flights are also not considered tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

The red line represents the average of all 8 countries in Central Africa.

Tourists per year in Angola

Revenues from tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 27.00 million USD, or about 0.49 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 9,000 tourists at that time and roughly 3,000 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $395.00 million billion, 0.57 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $1,812 on their vacation in Angola.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $395.00 million billion (2019), only $19.00 million billion remained. This is a 95 percent decrease in Angola.

Tourism receipts in Angola per year

All data for Angola in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2019218,000395.00 m $0.57 %1,812 $
2018218,000557.00 m $0.72 %2,555 $
2017261,000884.00 m $1.3 %3,387 $
2016397,000628.00 m $1.3 %1,582 $
2015592,0001.17 bn $1.3 %1,978 $
2014595,0001.60 bn $1.2 %2,684 $
2013650,0001.24 bn $0.91 %1,909 $
2012528,000711.00 m $0.56 %1,347 $
2011481,000653.00 m $0.58 %1,358 $
2010425,000726.00 m $0.87 %1,708 $
2009366,000554.00 m $0.79 %1,514 $
2008294,000293.00 m $0.33 %997 $
2007195,000236.00 m $0.36 %1,210 $
2006121,00091.00 m $0.17 %752 $
2005210,000103.00 m $0.28 %490 $
2004194,00082.00 m $0.35 %423 $
2003107,00063.00 m $0.35 %589 $
200291,00051.00 m $0.33 %560 $
200167,00035.00 m $0.39 %522 $
200051,00034.00 m $0.37 %667 $
199945,00031.00 m $0.50 %689 $
199852,00039.00 m $0.60 %750 $
199745,00024.00 m $0.31 %533 $
199621,00038.00 m $0.50 %1,810 $
19959,00027.00 m $0.49 %3,000 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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