Tourism in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe recorded a total of 29,000 tourists in 2016, 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 0.14 tourists per resident, Sao Tome and Principe ranked 132nd in the world. In Central Africa, it ranked 1st.

Sao Tome and Principe generated around 65.90 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 16.79 percent of its the gross domestic product.

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Development of the tourism sector in Sao Tome and Principe from 1995 to 2016

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 million 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 16 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 65.90 million USD, accounting for 16.79 percent of the gross national product.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Sao Tome and Principe per year

All data for Sao Tome and Principe in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
19985,6004.10 m $732 $
19995,8009.20 m $1,586 $
20007,1009.90 m $1,394 $
20017,5006.20 m $8.7 %827 $
20029,2006.90 m $8.6 %750 $
200310,0007.40 m $7.7 %740 $
200410,6007.70 m $7.4 %726 $
200515,8007.30 m $5.8 %462 $
200612,3006.70 m $5.0 %545 $
200711,8005.00 m $3.5 %424 $
200814,5007.70 m $4.1 %531 $
200915,2008.30 m $4.4 %546 $
20108,00011.10 m $5.6 %1,388 $
201112,20015.90 m $6.8 %1,303 $
201525,60062.50 m $19.81 %2,441 $
201629,00069.10 m $19.51 %2,383 $

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