Tourism in Namibia
Namibia recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2017, ranking 103rd 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 Namibia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.60 tourists per resident, Namibia ranked 79th in the world. In Southern Africa, it ranked 3rd.
Namibia generated around 488.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.9 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Africa.
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Development of the tourism sector in Namibia from 1995 to 2017
The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Namibia 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 5 countries in Southern Africa.
Revenues in tourism
In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 278.00 million USD, or about 7.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 272,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,022 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 488.00 million USD, accounting for 3.6 percent of the gross national product.
All data for Namibia in detail
All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.