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Tourism on the Seychelles

the Seychelles recorded a total of 428,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 159th 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 the Seychelles, the result is much more comparable picture: With 4.3 tourists per resident, the Seychelles ranked 31st in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 1st.

The Seychelles generated around 618.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 58.31 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 6 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 1,264 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of the Seychelles spend only around 1,256 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector on the Seychelles from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered on the Seychelles 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 on the Seychelles

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 224.00 million USD, or about 44.08 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 127,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,764 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 618.00 million USD, accounting for 39.04 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,444 USD for his holiday on the Seychelles.

Tourism receipts on the Seychelles per year

All data for the Seychelles in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
2019428,000618.00 m $39.04 %1,444 $
2018405,000611.00 m $39.48 %1,509 $
2017382,000585.00 m $38.28 %1,531 $
2016333,000505.00 m $35.40 %1,517 $
2015296,000483.00 m $35.06 %1,632 $
2014239,000481.00 m $35.82 %2,013 $
2013237,000484.00 m $36.44 %2,042 $
2012216,000429.00 m $40.46 %1,986 $
2011210,000380.00 m $35.65 %1,810 $
2010191,000352.00 m $36.29 %1,843 $
2009178,000349.00 m $41.18 %1,961 $
2008173,000408.00 m $42.18 %2,358 $
2007171,000396.00 m $38.31 %2,316 $
2006151,000323.00 m $31.78 %2,139 $
2005135,000269.00 m $29.27 %1,993 $
2004126,000256.00 m $30.50 %2,032 $
2003127,000258.00 m $36.56 %2,031 $
2002135,000247.00 m $35.41 %1,830 $
2001138,000221.00 m $35.52 %1,601 $
2000140,000225.00 m $36.59 %1,607 $
1999130,000202.00 m $32.42 %1,554 $
1998134,000191.00 m $31.40 %1,425 $
1997136,000195.00 m $34.64 %1,434 $
1996142,000182.00 m $36.18 %1,282 $
1995127,000224.00 m $44.08 %1,764 $


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 WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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