Tourism in Ghana

Ghana recorded a total of 897,000 tourists in 2015, ranking 119th 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 Ghana, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.031 tourists per resident, Ghana ranked 170th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 6th.

Ghana generated around 952.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.0 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Ghana from 1995 to 2015

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Ghana 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 countries in Western Africa.

Tourists per year in Ghana

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 30.00 million USD, or about 0.46 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 286,000 tourists at that time and roughly 105 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 952.00 million USD, accounting for 2.2 percent of the gross national product.

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

All data for Ghana in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
1995286,00030.00 m $0.46 %105 $
1996305,00032.00 m $0.46 %105 $
1997325,00035.00 m $0.51 %108 $
1998348,000304.00 m $4.1 %874 $
1999373,000325.00 m $4.2 %871 $
2000399,000357.00 m $7.2 %895 $
2001439,000374.00 m $7.0 %852 $
2002483,000383.00 m $6.2 %793 $
2003531,000441.00 m $5.8 %831 $
2004584,000495.00 m $5.6 %848 $
2005429,000867.00 m $8.1 %2,021 $
2006497,000910.00 m $4.5 %1,831 $
2007587,000990.00 m $4.0 %1,687 $
2008698,000970.00 m $3.4 %1,390 $
2009803,000849.00 m $3.3 %1,057 $
2010931,000706.00 m $2.2 %758 $
2011821,000797.00 m $2.0 %971 $
2012903,0001.15 bn $2.8 %1,278 $
2013994,0001.01 bn $2.1 %1,016 $
2014825,0001.03 bn $2.6 %1,245 $
2015897,000911.00 m $2.4 %1,016 $


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