Tourism in Uganda

Uganda recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2017, ranking 106th 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 0.033 tourists per resident, Uganda ranked 172nd in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 10th.

Uganda generated around 940.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.4 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Uganda from 1995 to 2017

The 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 countries in Eastern Africa.

Tourists per year in Uganda

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 78.00 million 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 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 940.00 million USD, accounting for 3.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 670 USD for his holiday in Uganda.

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

All data for Uganda in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995160,00078.00 m $1.4 %488 $
1996174,000117.00 m $1.9 %672 $
1997175,000135.00 m $2.2 %771 $
1998195,000144.00 m $2.2 %738 $
1999189,000151.00 m $2.5 %799 $
2000193,000165.00 m $2.7 %855 $
2001205,000187.00 m $3.2 %912 $
2002254,000194.00 m $3.1 %764 $
2003305,000185.00 m $2.9 %607 $
2004512,000268.00 m $3.4 %523 $
2005468,000382.00 m $4.2 %816 $
2006539,000347.00 m $3.5 %644 $
2007642,000402.00 m $3.3 %626 $
2008844,000536.00 m $3.8 %635 $
2009807,000683.00 m $3.8 %846 $
2010946,000802.00 m $4.0 %848 $
20111.15 m977.00 m $4.8 %849 $
20121.20 m1.16 bn $5.0 %967 $
20131.21 m960.00 m $3.9 %796 $
20141.27 m984.00 m $3.6 %777 $
20151.30 m1.05 bn $3.9 %803 $
20161.32 m1.07 bn $4.4 %808 $
20171.40 m940.00 m $3.6 %670 $


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