Tourism in Namibia

Namibia recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2017, ranking 101st 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 0.59 tourists per resident, Namibia ranked 77th in the world. In Southern Africa, it ranked 3rd.

Namibia generated around 393.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.0 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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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 countries in Southern Africa.

Tourists per year in Namibia

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 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 393.00 million USD, accounting for 3.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 262 USD for his holiday in Namibia.

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

All data for Namibia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995272,000278.00 m $7.1 %1,022 $
1996461,000293.00 m $7.4 %636 $
1997502,000333.00 m $8.1 %663 $
1998614,000288.00 m $7.5 %469 $
1999635,000287.00 m $7.5 %452 $
2000656,000193.00 m $5.0 %294 $
2001670,000264.00 m $7.6 %394 $
2002757,000251.00 m $7.7 %332 $
2003695,000383.00 m $8.0 %551 $
2004716,000426.00 m $6.6 %595 $
2005778,000363.00 m $5.1 %467 $
2006833,000473.00 m $6.0 %568 $
2007929,000542.00 m $6.2 %583 $
2008931,000484.00 m $5.7 %520 $
2009980,000512.00 m $5.8 %522 $
2010984,000473.00 m $4.2 %481 $
20111.03 m520.00 m $4.2 %506 $
20121.08 m635.00 m $4.9 %589 $
20131.18 m361.00 m $2.8 %307 $
20141.32 m552.00 m $4.3 %418 $
20151.39 m540.00 m $4.6 %389 $
20161.47 m378.00 m $3.4 %257 $
20171.50 m393.00 m $3.0 %262 $


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