Tourism in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast recorded a total of 668,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 115th 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 0.024 tourists per resident, Ivory Coast ranked 166th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 9th.

In 2020, Ivory Coast generated around 199.30 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.28 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 21 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 252 US dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Ivory Coast from 1995 to 2020

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 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 from tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 103.00 million 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 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $550.50 million billion, 0.94 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $266 on their vacation in Ivory Coast.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $550.50 million billion (2019), only $199.30 million billion remained. This is a 64 percent decrease in Ivory Coast.

Tourism receipts in Ivory Coast per year

All data for Ivory Coast in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2020668,000199.30 m $0.32 %298 $
20192.07 m550.50 m $0.94 %266 $
20181.97 m551.00 m $0.95 %280 $
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 $0.40 %414 $
2013380,000191.00 m $0.45 %503 $
2012289,000172.50 m $0.48 %597 $
2011270,000186.00 m $0.51 %689 $
2010252,000213.00 m $0.61 %845 $
2009231,000164.00 m $0.48 %710 $
2008205,000129.00 m $0.38 %629 $
2007182,000115.00 m $0.40 %632 $
1998301,000111.00 m $0.57 %369 $
1997274,000103.00 m $0.57 %376 $
1996237,000107.00 m $0.59 %451 $
1995188,000103.00 m $0.94 %548 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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