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Tourism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

the Democratic Republic of the Congo recorded a total of 351,000 tourists in 2016, ranking 142nd in the world in absolute terms. No se han publicado más datos recientes desde entonces.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of the Congo (Dem. Republic), the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0039 tourists per resident, the Congo (Dem. Republic) ranked 197th in the world. In Central Africa, it ranked 7th.

The Congo (Dem. Republic) generated around 60.50 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.12 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 5 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central Africa.

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Development of the tourism sector in the Congo from 1995 to 2016

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in the Congo 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 8 countries in Central Africa.

Tourists per year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Revenues in tourism

In 2005, tourism revenues amounted to 3.20 million USD, or about 0.027 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 61,000 tourists at that time and roughly 52 USD per person. Within 13 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 60.50 million USD, accounting for 0.13 percent of the gross national product.

Tourism receipts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo per year

All data for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2016351,0004.30 m $0.012 %12 $
2015354,000100,000 $0.00030 %0 $
2014334,00045.40 m $0.13 %136 $
2013191,0008.40 m $0.026 %44 $
2012167,0006.90 m $0.024 %41 $
2011186,00011.40 m $0.044 %61 $
201081,00010.70 m $0.050 %132 $
200953,00024.00 m $0.13 %453 $
200850,000700,000 $0.0035 %14 $
200747,000700,000 $0.0042 %15 $
200655,0003.10 m $0.022 %56 $
200561,0003.20 m $0.027 %52 $
200436,000
200335,000
200228,000
200155,000
2000103,000
199980,000
199853,000
199730,000
199637,000
199535,000


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 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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