Tourism in Burundi

Burundi recorded a total of 299,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 153rd 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 Burundi, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.028 tourists per resident, Burundi ranked 173rd in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 11th.

Burundi generated around 3.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.095 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Burundi from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Burundi 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.

Tourists per year in Burundi

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.42 million USD, or about 0.24 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 34,000 tourists at that time and roughly 71 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 3.00 million USD, accounting for 0.095 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 10 USD for his holiday in Burundi.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Burundi per year

All data for Burundi in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
199534,0002.42 m $0.24 %71 $
199627,0002.14 m $0.25 %79 $
199711,0001.44 m $0.15 %131 $
199815,0001.30 m $0.15 %87 $
199926,0001.20 m $0.15 %46 $
200029,0001.40 m $0.16 %48 $
200136,000900,000 $0.10 %25 $
200274,0001.60 m $0.19 %22 $
200374,0001.20 m $0.15 %16 $
2004133,0001.80 m $0.20 %14 $
2005148,0001.90 m $0.17 %13 $
2006214,0001.60 m $0.13 %7 $
2007192,0002.30 m $0.17 %12 $
2008202,0001.60 m $0.099 %8 $
2009212,0001.70 m $0.095 %8 $
2010142,0002.10 m $0.10 %15 $
2011144,0003.70 m $0.17 %26 $
2012147,0001.50 m $0.064 %10 $
2013234,0002.30 m $0.094 %10 $
2014235,0004.10 m $0.15 %17 $
2015131,0002.20 m $0.071 %17 $
2016187,0001.90 m $0.064 %10 $
2017299,0003.00 m $0.095 %10 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.