Tourism in Mali

Mali recorded a total of 173,200 tourists in 2016, ranking 166th 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 Mali, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.009 tourists per resident, Mali ranked 189th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 10th.

Mali generated around 186.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Mali from 1995 to 2016

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 26.00 million USD, or about 0.96 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 42,000 tourists at that time and roughly 619 USD per person. Within 20 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 186.00 million USD, accounting for 1.4 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,168 USD for his holiday in Mali.

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

All data for Mali in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
199542,00026.00 m $0.96 %619 $
199698,00027.00 m $0.97 %276 $
199775,00025.00 m $0.93 %333 $
199883,00028.00 m $0.96 %337 $
199982,00036.00 m $1.0 %439 $
200086,00047.00 m $1.6 %547 $
200189,00091.00 m $2.6 %1,022 $
200296,000105.00 m $2.7 %1,094 $
2003110,000136.00 m $2.9 %1,236 $
2004113,000142.00 m $2.6 %1,257 $
2005143,000149.00 m $2.4 %1,042 $
2006153,000175.40 m $2.5 %1,146 $
2007164,000227.00 m $2.8 %1,384 $
2008190,000286.00 m $2.9 %1,505 $
2009160,000196.00 m $1.9 %1,225 $
2010169,000208.00 m $1.9 %1,231 $
2011160,000218.00 m $1.7 %1,363 $
2012134,000144.00 m $1.2 %1,075 $
2013142,000178.20 m $1.3 %1,255 $
2014168,000214.00 m $1.5 %1,274 $
2015159,300186.00 m $1.4 %1,168 $
2016173,200


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