Tourism in Malawi

Malawi recorded a total of 871,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 126th 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 Malawi, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.047 tourists per resident, Malawi ranked 164th in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 8th.

Malawi generated around 43.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.56 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 44 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Malawi from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Malawi 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 16 countries in Eastern Africa.

Tourists per year in Malawi

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 22.00 million USD, or about 1.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 192,000 tourists at that time and roughly 115 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 43.00 million USD, accounting for 0.62 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 49 USD for his holiday in Malawi.

Tourism receipts in Malawi per year

All data for Malawi in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995192,00022.00 m $1.6 %115 $
1996194,00031.00 m $1.4 %160 $
1997207,00032.00 m $1.2 %155 $
1998220,00025.00 m $1.4 %114 $
1999254,00042.00 m $2.4 %165 $
2000228,00029.00 m $1.7 %127 $
2001266,00040.00 m $2.3 %150 $
2002383,00045.00 m $1.3 %117 $
2003424,00066.00 m $2.1 %156 $
2004427,00075.00 m $2.2 %176 $
2005438,00048.00 m $1.3 %110 $
2006638,00045.00 m $1.1 %71 $
2007735,00043.00 m $0.97 %59 $
2008742,00043.00 m $0.81 %58 $
2009755,00046.00 m $0.74 %61 $
2010746,00045.00 m $0.65 %60 $
2011767,00036.00 m $0.45 %47 $
2012770,00035.00 m $0.58 %45 $
2013795,00033.00 m $0.60 %42 $
2014819,00036.00 m $0.60 %44 $
2015805,00039.00 m $0.61 %48 $
2016849,00030.00 m $0.55 %35 $
2017837,00035.00 m $0.56 %42 $
2018871,00043.00 m $0.62 %49 $


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