Tourism in Rwanda

Rwanda recorded a total of 932,000 tourists in 2016, ranking 123rd 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 Rwanda, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.074 tourists per resident, Rwanda ranked 152nd in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 5th.

Rwanda generated around 528.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.

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Development of the tourism sector in Rwanda from 2000 to 2016

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 4.00 million USD, or about 0.31 percent of the gross national product. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 528.00 million USD, accounting for 5.5 percent of the gross national product.

Tourism receipts in Rwanda per year

All data for Rwanda in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2000104,00027.00 m $1.6 %260 $
2001113,00029.00 m $1.7 %257 $
2006494,000148.00 m $4.7 %300 $
2007566,000177.00 m $4.6 %313 $
2008507,000224.00 m $4.6 %442 $
2009502,000223.00 m $4.1 %444 $
2010504,000224.00 m $3.6 %444 $
2011688,000298.00 m $4.3 %433 $
2012815,000337.00 m $4.4 %413 $
2013864,000364.00 m $4.6 %421 $
2014926,000376.00 m $4.5 %406 $
2015987,000427.00 m $5.0 %433 $
2016932,000443.00 m $5.1 %475 $

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