Tourism in UgandaUganda recorded a total of 1 m tourists in 2017, ranking 120th 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 Uganda, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.031 tourists per resident, Uganda ranked 174th in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 12th.
Uganda generated around 1.21 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.2 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 11 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Africa.
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Development of the tourism sector in Uganda from 1995 to 2017The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Uganda 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.
Revenues in tourismIn 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 78.00 m USD, or about 1.4 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 160,000 tourists at that time and roughly 488 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.21 bn USD, accounting for 3.4 percent of the gross national product.
All data for Uganda in detail
|Year||Number||Receipts||% of GNP||Income|
|2017||1.40 m||957.00 m $||3.1 %||683 $|
|2016||1.32 m||1.12 bn $||3.8 %||845 $|
|2015||1.30 m||1.05 bn $||3.3 %||805 $|
|2014||1.27 m||984.00 m $||3.0 %||777 $|
|2013||1.21 m||960.00 m $||3.3 %||796 $|
|2012||1.20 m||1.16 bn $||4.3 %||967 $|
|2011||1.15 m||977.00 m $||3.5 %||849 $|
|2010||946,000||802.00 m $||3.0 %||848 $|
|2009||807,000||683.00 m $||3.8 %||846 $|
|2008||844,000||536.00 m $||3.8 %||635 $|
|2007||642,000||402.00 m $||3.3 %||626 $|
|2006||539,000||347.00 m $||3.5 %||644 $|
|2005||468,000||382.00 m $||4.2 %||816 $|
|2004||512,000||268.00 m $||3.4 %||523 $|
|2003||305,000||185.00 m $||2.9 %||607 $|
|2002||254,000||194.00 m $||3.1 %||764 $|
|2001||205,000||187.00 m $||3.2 %||912 $|
|2000||193,000||165.00 m $||2.7 %||855 $|
|1999||189,000||151.00 m $||2.5 %||799 $|
|1998||195,000||144.00 m $||2.2 %||738 $|
|1997||175,000||135.00 m $||2.2 %||771 $|
|1996||174,000||117.00 m $||1.9 %||672 $|
|1995||160,000||78.00 m $||1.4 %||488 $|
All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.