Tourism on the Seychelles

the Seychelles recorded a total of 124,500 tourists in 2020, ranking 167th 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 1.3 tourists per resident, the Seychelles ranked 41st in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 1st.

In 2020, the Seychelles generated around 228.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 15.68 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 5 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 1,548 US dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of the Seychelles spend as much as 1,736 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector on the Seychelles from 1995 to 2020

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 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 from 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 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $618.00 million billion, 36.69 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $1,444 on their vacation on the Seychelles.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $618.00 million billion (2019), only $228.00 million billion remained. This is a 63 percent decrease on the Seychelles.

Tourism receipts on the Seychelles per year

All data for the Seychelles in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2020124,500228.00 m $18.08 %1,831 $
2019428,000618.00 m $36.69 %1,444 $
2018405,000611.00 m $37.34 %1,509 $
2017382,000585.00 m $37.18 %1,531 $
2016333,000505.00 m $33.89 %1,517 $
2015296,000483.00 m $34.11 %1,632 $
2014239,000481.00 m $34.66 %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 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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