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Tourism in Benin

Benin recorded a total of 337,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 145th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Benin, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.028 tourists per resident, Benin ranked 159th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 6th.

Benin generated around 240.86 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.5 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 5 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 604 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Benin from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Benin 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 as 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 15 countries in Western Africa.

Tourists per year in Benin

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 85.00 million USD, or about 3.9 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 580,000 tourists at that time and roughly 147 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 240.86 million USD, accounting for 1.7 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 715 USD for his holiday in Benin.

Tourism receipts in Benin per year

All data for Benin in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2019337,000240.86 m $1.7 %715 $
2018322,000175.00 m $1.2 %543 $
2017307,000160.00 m $1.3 %521 $
2016292,000129.00 m $1.1 %442 $
2015279,000148.00 m $1.3 %530 $
2014265,000153.00 m $1.2 %577 $
2013252,000193.00 m $1.5 %766 $
2012232,000174.00 m $1.6 %750 $
2011222,000201.00 m $1.9 %905 $
2010199,000149.40 m $1.6 %751 $
2009190,000131.40 m $1.3 %692 $
20081.03 m236.40 m $2.4 %230 $
20071.01 m206.30 m $2.5 %204 $
2006975,000121.60 m $1.7 %125 $
2005960,000107.70 m $1.6 %112 $
2004845,000120.90 m $2.0 %143 $
2003850,000107.90 m $2.0 %127 $
2002853,00094.50 m $2.3 %111 $
20011.16 m85.50 m $2.3 %74 $
20001.07 m77.40 m $2.2 %72 $
1999941,00094.40 m $2.6 %100 $
1998575,00064.20 m $2.6 %112 $
1997541,00056.20 m $2.5 %104 $
1996516,00079.10 m $3.4 %153 $
1995580,00085.00 m $3.9 %147 $


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

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