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Tourism in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast recorded a total of 2 m tourists in 2019, ranking 100th 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 Ivory Coast, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.080 tourists per resident, Ivory Coast ranked 158th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 5th.

Ivory Coast generated around 566.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.97 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 10 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 252 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Ivory Coast from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Ivory Coast 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 Ivory Coast

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 103.00 m USD, or about 0.94 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 188,000 tourists at that time and roughly 548 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 566.00 m USD, accounting for 0.98 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 288 USD for his holiday in Ivory Coast.

Tourism receipts in Ivory Coast per year

All data for Ivory Coast in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20192.07 m
20181.97 m566.00 m $0.98 %288 $
20171.80 m509.00 m $0.99 %283 $
20161.58 m477.00 m $0.99 %301 $
20151.44 m214.00 m $0.47 %149 $
2014471,000195.00 m $0.55 %414 $
2013380,000191.00 m $0.61 %503 $
2012289,000172.50 m $0.64 %597 $
2011270,000186.00 m $0.73 %689 $
2010252,000213.00 m $0.86 %845 $
2009231,000164.00 m $0.68 %710 $
2008205,000129.00 m $0.53 %629 $
2007182,000115.00 m $0.57 %632 $
1998301,000111.00 m $0.88 %369 $
1997274,000103.00 m $0.88 %376 $
1996237,000107.00 m $0.88 %451 $
1995188,000103.00 m $0.94 %548 $


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

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