Tourism in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe recorded a total of 33,400 tourists in 2018, ranking 196th 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 Sao Tome and Principe, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.15 tourists per resident, Sao Tome and Principe ranked 138th in the world. In Central Africa, it ranked 2nd.

Sao Tome and Principe generated around 71.90 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 15.20 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 5 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 1,885 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Sao Tome and Principe from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Sao Tome and Principe 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.

Tourists per year in Sao Tome and Principe

Revenues in tourism

In 2001, tourism revenues amounted to 6.20 m USD, or about 8.7 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 7,500 tourists at that time and roughly 827 USD per person. Within 17 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 71.90 m USD, accounting for 17.44 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,153 USD for his holiday in Sao Tome and Principe.

Tourism receipts in Sao Tome and Principe per year

All data for Sao Tome and Principe in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201833,400.0071.90 m $17.44 %2,153 $
201728,900.0065.90 m $17.54 %2,280 $
201628,900.0069.10 m $20.00 %2,391 $
201525,600.0062.50 m $19.77 %2,441 $
201112,200.0015.90 m $6.9 %1,303 $
20108,00011.10 m $5.6 %1,388 $
200915,200.008.30 m $4.4 %546 $
200814,5007.70 m $4.1 %531 $
200711,800.005.00 m $3.5 %424 $
200612,300.006.70 m $5.0 %545 $
200515,800.007.30 m $5.8 %462 $
200410,600.007.70 m $7.4 %726 $
200310,0007.40 m $7.7 %740 $
20029,200.006.90 m $8.6 %750 $
20017,5006.20 m $8.7 %827 $
20007,100.009.90 m $1,394 $
19995,800.009.20 m $1,586 $
19985,600.004.10 m $732 $

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

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