Tourism in Eritrea

Eritrea recorded a total of 142,000 tourists in 2016, ranking 174th in the world in absolute terms. No se han publicado más datos recientes desde entonces.

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 Eritrea, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.041 tourists per resident, Eritrea ranked 170th in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 10th.

Eritrea generated around 48.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.3 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 0 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2016 spent about 302 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Eritrea from 1995 to 2016

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Eritrea 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 16 countries in Eastern Africa.

Tourists per year in Eritrea

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 58.00 million USD, or about 10.03 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 315,000 tourists at that time and roughly 184 USD per person. Within 14 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 26.00 million USD, accounting for 1.4 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 329 USD for his holiday in Eritrea.

Tourism receipts in Eritrea per year

All data for Eritrea in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995315,00058.00 m $10.03 %184 $
1996417,00069.00 m $9.9 %165 $
1997410,00090.00 m $13.11 %220 $
1998188,00034.00 m $4.6 %181 $
199957,00028.00 m $4.1 %491 $
200070,00036.00 m $5.1 %514 $
2001113,00074.00 m $9.8 %655 $
2002101,00073.00 m $10.01 %723 $
200380,00074.00 m $8.5 %925 $
200487,00073.00 m $6.6 %839 $
200583,00066.00 m $6.0 %795 $
200678,00060.00 m $5.0 %769 $
200781,00061.00 m $4.6 %753 $
200870,00046.00 m $3.3 %657 $
200979,00026.00 m $1.4 %329 $
201084,000
2011107,000
2012129,000
2013141,000
2014119,000
2015114,000
2016142,00048.00 m $338 $


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

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