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Tourism in Sudan

Sudan recorded a total of 836,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 109th in the world in absolute terms.

Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Sudan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.019 tourists per resident, Sudan ranked 173rd in the world. In Northern Africa, it ranked 5th.

Sudan generated around 1.04 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.0 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in Northern Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 1,055 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Sudan from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Sudan 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 Sudan

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 8.00 million USD, or about 0.058 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 29,000 tourists at that time and roughly 276 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, sales took up $1.04 billion billion, 3.2 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $1,248 on their vacation in Sudan.

Full figures for 2020, the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, are not currently available. However, national and international travel has been restricted worldwide, and some countries have even been closed off from the outside world altogether. Dramatic revenue losses are expected, with some countries experiencing losses of up to more than 80%.

Tourism receipts in Sudan per year

All data for Sudan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2018836,0001.04 bn $3.2 %1,248 $
2017813,0001.03 bn $0.79 %1,266 $
2016800,0001.01 bn $0.98 %1,261 $
2015741,000949.00 m $1.1 %1,281 $
2014684,000967.00 m $1.3 %1,414 $
2013591,000773.00 m $1.8 %1,308 $
2012575,000772.00 m $2.1 %1,343 $
2011536,000179.00 m $0.33 %334 $
2010495,00082.00 m $0.14 %166 $
2009420,000231.00 m $0.45 %550 $
2008440,000255.00 m $0.39 %580 $
2007436,000390.00 m $0.66 %894 $
2006328,000194.00 m $0.43 %591 $
2005246,000114.00 m $0.32 %463 $
200461,00021.00 m $0.079 %344 $
200352,00017.00 m $0.080 %327 $
200252,000108.00 m $0.60 %2,077 $
200150,0003.00 m $0.019 %60 $
200038,0005.00 m $0.041 %132 $
199939,0002.00 m $0.019 %51 $
199836,0002.00 m $0.018 %56 $
199730,0004.00 m $0.034 %133 $
199638,0008.00 m $0.089 %211 $
199529,0008.00 m $0.058 %276 $


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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