Tourism in the Gambia

Gambia recorded a total of 552,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 137th 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 Gambia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.24 tourists per resident, Gambia ranked 123rd in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 2nd.

Gambia generated around 168.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 9.5 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 272 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in the Gambia from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in the Gambia 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 the Gambia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 28.00 million USD, or about 3.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 45,000 tourists at that time and roughly 622 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 168.00 million USD, accounting for 10.34 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 304 USD for his holiday in the Gambia.

Tourism receipts in the Gambia per year

All data for Gambia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199545,00028.00 m $3.6 %622 $
199677,00067.00 m $7.9 %870 $
199785,00076.00 m $9.5 %894 $
199891,000
199996,000
200079,000
200157,000
200281,000
200389,00058.00 m $11.91 %652 $
200490,00051.00 m $8.8 %567 $
2005108,00059.00 m $9.5 %546 $
2006125,00069.00 m $10.53 %552 $
2007143,00087.00 m $10.89 %608 $
2008147,00080.20 m $8.3 %546 $
2009142,00064.00 m $4.4 %451 $
201091,00080.00 m $5.2 %879 $
2011106,00086.00 m $6.1 %811 $
2012157,000104.00 m $7.3 %662 $
2013171,00078.00 m $5.7 %456 $
2014156,000110.00 m $8.9 %705 $
2015449,000121.00 m $8.9 %269 $
2016450,000120.00 m $8.2 %267 $
2017522,000116.00 m $7.7 %222 $
2018552,000168.00 m $10.34 %304 $


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