Tourism on the Seychelles

the Seychelles recorded a total of 350,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 151st 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 3.6 tourists per resident, the Seychelles ranked 20th in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 1st.

The Seychelles generated around 585.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 36.79 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector on the Seychelles from 1995 to 2017

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 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 121,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,851 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 585.00 million USD, accounting for 38.92 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,671 USD for his holiday on the Seychelles.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts on the Seychelles per year

All data for the Seychelles in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995121,000224.00 m $44.08 %1,851 $
1996131,000182.00 m $36.18 %1,389 $
1997130,000195.00 m $34.64 %1,500 $
1998128,000191.00 m $31.40 %1,492 $
1999125,000202.00 m $32.42 %1,616 $
2000130,000225.00 m $36.59 %1,731 $
2001130,000221.00 m $35.52 %1,700 $
2002132,000247.00 m $35.41 %1,871 $
2003122,000258.00 m $36.56 %2,115 $
2004121,000256.00 m $30.50 %2,116 $
2005129,000269.00 m $29.27 %2,085 $
2006141,000323.00 m $31.78 %2,291 $
2007161,000396.00 m $38.31 %2,460 $
2008159,000408.00 m $42.18 %2,566 $
2009158,000349.00 m $41.18 %2,209 $
2010175,000352.00 m $36.29 %2,011 $
2011194,000380.00 m $35.65 %1,959 $
2012208,000429.00 m $40.46 %2,063 $
2013230,000484.00 m $36.44 %2,104 $
2014233,000480.00 m $35.74 %2,060 $
2015276,000483.00 m $35.06 %1,750 $
2016303,000505.00 m $35.38 %1,667 $
2017350,000585.00 m $38.92 %1,671 $


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