Tourism in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone recorded a total of 57,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 189th 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 Sierra Leone, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0073 tourists per resident, Sierra Leone ranked 192nd in the world. In Western Africa, it ranked 11th.

Sierra Leone generated around 39.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.99 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 611 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Sierra Leone spend only around 487 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Sierra Leone from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 57.00 million USD, or about 6.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 13,800 tourists at that time and roughly 4,130 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 39.00 million USD, accounting for 0.95 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 684 USD for his holiday in Sierra Leone.

Tourism receipts in Sierra Leone per year

All data for Sierra Leone in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199513,80057.00 m $6.5 %4,130 $
199621,90029.00 m $3.1 %1,324 $
19977,50010.00 m $1.2 %1,333 $
199812,9006.00 m $0.89 %465 $
199910,6006.00 m $0.90 %566 $
200015,80010.00 m $1.6 %633 $
200124,10014.00 m $1.3 %581 $
200228,40038.00 m $3.0 %1,338 $
200338,10060.00 m $4.3 %1,575 $
200443,60058.00 m $4.0 %1,330 $
200540,00064.00 m $3.9 %1,600 $
200633,70023.00 m $1.2 %682 $
200732,20022.00 m $1.0 %683 $
200836,00034.00 m $1.4 %944 $
200937,00025.00 m $1.0 %676 $
201039,00026.00 m $1.0 %667 $
201152,00044.00 m $1.5 %846 $
201260,00047.00 m $1.2 %783 $
201381,00066.00 m $1.3 %815 $
201444,00035.00 m $0.70 %795 $
201524,00037.00 m $0.88 %1,542 $
201655,00041.00 m $1.1 %745 $
201751,00039.00 m $1.0 %765 $
201857,00039.00 m $0.95 %684 $


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

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