Tourism in Tanzania

Tanzania recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2018, ranking 107th 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 Tanzania, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.024 tourists per resident, Tanzania ranked 180th in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 14th.

Tanzania generated around 2.47 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.9 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 1,598 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Tanzania from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Tanzania 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 16 countries in Eastern Africa.

Tourists per year in Tanzania

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 502.00 million USD, or about 9.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 285,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,761 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 2.47 billion USD, accounting for 4.2 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,789 USD for his holiday in Tanzania.

Tourism receipts in Tanzania per year

All data for Tanzania in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995285,000502.00 m $9.6 %1,761 $
1996315,000473.00 m $7.3 %1,502 $
1997347,000343.00 m $4.5 %988 $
1998450,000404.00 m $3.3 %898 $
1999564,000467.00 m $3.7 %828 $
2000459,000381.00 m $2.8 %830 $
2001501,000626.00 m $4.6 %1,250 $
2002550,000639.00 m $4.5 %1,162 $
2003552,000654.00 m $4.3 %1,185 $
2004566,000762.00 m $4.6 %1,346 $
2005590,000835.00 m $4.5 %1,415 $
2006622,000986.00 m $5.3 %1,585 $
2007692,0001.22 bn $5.6 %1,756 $
2008750,0001.29 bn $4.6 %1,724 $
2009695,0001.19 bn $4.1 %1,715 $
2010754,0001.28 bn $4.0 %1,696 $
2011843,0001.38 bn $4.0 %1,641 $
20121.04 m1.75 bn $4.4 %1,682 $
20131.06 m1.94 bn $4.2 %1,824 $
20141.11 m2.05 bn $4.1 %1,839 $
20151.10 m1.92 bn $4.1 %1,743 $
20161.23 m2.15 bn $4.3 %1,743 $
20171.28 m2.27 bn $4.2 %1,776 $
20181.38 m2.47 bn $4.2 %1,789 $


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