Tourism in Swaziland

Swaziland recorded a total of 921,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 123rd 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 Swaziland, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.67 tourists per resident, Swaziland ranked 73rd in the world. In Southern Africa, it ranked 2nd.

Swaziland generated around 13.20 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.30 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Swaziland from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Swaziland 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 Southern Africa.

Tourists per year in Swaziland

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 54.00 million USD, or about 3.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 300,000 tourists at that time and roughly 180 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 13.20 million USD, accounting for 0.30 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 14 USD for his holiday in Swaziland.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Swaziland per year

All data for Swaziland in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995300,00054.00 m $3.2 %180 $
1996315,00042.00 m $2.6 %133 $
1997269,00044.00 m $2.6 %164 $
1998284,00051.00 m $3.2 %180 $
1999289,00015.00 m $0.97 %52 $
2000281,00024.00 m $1.4 %85 $
2001283,00023.00 m $1.5 %81 $
2002256,00045.00 m $3.1 %176 $
2003461,00070.04 m $3.2 %152 $
2004459,00075.10 m $2.7 %164 $
2005837,00077.30 m $2.4 %92 $
2006873,00075.10 m $2.3 %86 $
2007869,00032.20 m $0.93 %37 $
2008756,00026.30 m $0.80 %35 $
2009908,00040.10 m $1.1 %44 $
2010868,00051.40 m $1.2 %59 $
2011879,00010.10 m $0.21 %11 $
2012888,00029.10 m $0.60 %33 $
2013968,0004.20 m $0.092 %4 $
2014939,00015.60 m $0.36 %17 $
2015873,00014.20 m $0.35 %16 $
2016947,00013.20 m $0.35 %14 $
2017921,00013.20 m $0.30 %14 $


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