Tourism in Niger

Niger recorded a total of 85,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 176th 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 Niger, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0034 tourists per resident, Niger ranked 198th in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 14th.

In 2019, Niger generated around 130.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.87 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 3 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 643 US dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Niger from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Niger 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.

Tourists per year in Niger

Revenues from tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 7.00 million USD, or about 0.30 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 35,000 tourists at that time and roughly 200 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $130.00 million billion, 1.0 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $677 on their vacation in Niger.

Full figures for 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are not currently available. However, national and international travel has been restricted worldwide, and some countries have even been closed off from the outside world altogether. Dramatic revenue losses are expected, with some countries experiencing losses of up to more than 80%.

Tourism receipts in Niger per year

All data for Niger in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2019192,000130.00 m $1.0 %677 $
2018157,000114.00 m $0.89 %726 $
2017164,00091.00 m $0.81 %555 $
2016152,00084.00 m $0.81 %553 $
2015135,00080.00 m $0.83 %593 $
2014135,000100.00 m $0.92 %741 $
2013123,00059.00 m $0.58 %480 $
201294,00051.00 m $0.54 %543 $
201182,00054.00 m $0.62 %659 $
201074,000105.50 m $1.3 %1,426 $
200966,00069.00 m $0.94 %1,045 $
200873,00086.00 m $1.2 %1,178 $
200748,00044.00 m $0.77 %917 $
200660,00039.00 m $0.82 %650 $
200558,00043.90 m $1.0 %757 $
200457,00032.30 m $0.86 %567 $
200355,00027.50 m $0.81 %500 $
200239,00020.20 m $0.73 %518 $
200152,00030.10 m $1.2 %579 $
200050,00023.10 m $1.0 %462 $
199939,00025.10 m $0.99 %644 $
199841,00027.00 m $1.0 %659 $
199768,00028.60 m $1.2 %421 $
199668,00025.60 m $1.1 %376 $
199535,0007.00 m $0.30 %200 $

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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