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Tourism in Zambia

Zambia recorded a total of 1 m tourists in 2019, 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 Zambia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.069 tourists per resident, Zambia ranked 160th in the world. In Eastern Africa, it ranked 5th.

Zambia generated around 820.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.2 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 7 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Africa.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 567 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Zambia from 1995 to 2019

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 m 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 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 820.00 m USD, accounting for 3.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 648 USD for his holiday in Zambia.

Tourism receipts in Zambia per year

All data for Zambia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.27 m820.00 m $3.5 %648 $
20181.07 m742.00 m $2.8 %692 $
20171.01 m653.00 m $2.5 %647 $
2016956,000683.00 m $3.3 %714 $
2015932,000660.00 m $3.1 %708 $
2014947,000642.00 m $2.4 %678 $
2013915,000552.00 m $2.0 %603 $
2012859,000518.00 m $2.0 %603 $
2011920,000555.00 m $2.4 %603 $
2010815,000492.00 m $2.4 %604 $
2009710,000474.00 m $3.1 %668 $
2008812,000542.00 m $3.0 %667 $
2007897,000599.00 m $4.3 %668 $
2006757,000506.00 m $4.0 %668 $
2005669,000447.00 m $5.4 %668 $
2004515,00092.00 m $1.5 %179 $
2003413,00088.00 m $1.8 %213 $
2002565,00064.00 m $1.5 %113 $
2001492,00080.00 m $2.0 %163 $
2000457,00067.00 m $1.9 %147 $
1999404,00053.00 m $1.6 %131 $
1998362,00040.00 m $1.1 %110 $
1997341,00029.00 m $0.67 %85 $
1996264,000
1995163,000


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

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