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Tourism in Eswatini

Eswatini recorded a total of 1 m tourists in 2019, ranking 125th 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 Eswatini, the result is much more comparable picture: With 1.1 tourists per resident, Eswatini ranked 69th in the world. In Southern Africa, it ranked 1st.

Eswatini generated around 14.30 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.32 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 0 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 10 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Eswatini spend as much as 17 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Eswatini from 1995 to 2019

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

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 5 countries in Southern Africa.

Tourists per year in Eswatini

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 54.00 m USD, or about 3.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 300,000 tourists at that time and roughly 180 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 14.30 m USD, accounting for 0.32 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 12 USD for his holiday in Eswatini.

Tourism receipts in Eswatini per year

All data for Eswatini in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.23 m14.30 m $0.32 %12 $
20181.28 m16.40 m $0.35 %13 $
20171.34 m13.20 m $0.30 %10 $
20161.28 m13.20 m $0.35 %10 $
20151.26 m14.20 m $0.35 %11 $
20141.33 m15.60 m $0.35 %12 $
20131.30 m4.20 m $0.091 %3 $
20121.28 m29.10 m $0.60 %23 $
20111.33 m10.10 m $0.21 %8 $
20101.34 m51.40 m $1.2 %38 $
20091.34 m40.10 m $1.1 %30 $
20081.19 m26.30 m $0.80 %22 $
20071.23 m32.20 m $0.93 %26 $
20061.20 m75.10 m $2.3 %63 $
20051.18 m77.30 m $2.4 %65 $
2004459,00075.10 m $2.7 %164 $
20031.54 m70.04 m $3.2 %45 $
20021.37 m45.00 m $3.1 %33 $
20011.31 m23.00 m $1.5 %18 $
20001.15 m24.00 m $1.4 %21 $
19991.25 m15.00 m $0.97 %12 $
1998986,00051.00 m $3.2 %52 $
19971.64 m44.00 m $2.6 %27 $
19961.34 m42.00 m $2.6 %31 $
1995300,00054.00 m $3.2 %180 $


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

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