Tourism in Zambia

Zambia recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2018, ranking 117th 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 Zambia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.060 tourists per resident, Zambia ranked 161st in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 7th.

Zambia generated around 742.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Zambia from 1995 to 2018

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1997, tourism revenues amounted to 29.00 million USD, or about 0.67 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 341,000 tourists at that time and roughly 85 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 742.00 million USD, accounting for 2.7 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 692 USD for his holiday in Zambia.

Tourism receipts in Zambia per year

All data for Zambia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995163,000
1996264,000
1997341,00029.00 m $0.67 %85 $
1998362,00040.00 m $1.1 %110 $
1999404,00053.00 m $1.6 %131 $
2000457,00067.00 m $1.9 %147 $
2001492,00080.00 m $2.0 %163 $
2002565,00064.00 m $1.5 %113 $
2003413,00088.00 m $1.8 %213 $
2004515,00092.00 m $1.5 %179 $
2005669,000447.00 m $5.4 %668 $
2006757,000506.00 m $4.0 %668 $
2007897,000599.00 m $4.3 %668 $
2008812,000542.00 m $3.0 %667 $
2009710,000474.00 m $3.1 %668 $
2010815,000492.00 m $2.4 %604 $
2011920,000555.00 m $2.4 %603 $
2012859,000518.00 m $2.0 %603 $
2013915,000552.00 m $2.0 %603 $
2014947,000642.00 m $2.4 %678 $
2015932,000660.00 m $3.1 %708 $
2016956,000683.00 m $3.3 %714 $
20171.08 m653.00 m $2.5 %603 $
20181.07 m742.00 m $2.7 %692 $


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