Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2016, ranking 101st 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 Ecuador, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.085 tourists per resident, Ecuador ranked 140th in the world. In South America, it ranked 9th.

Ecuador generated around 1.45 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.4 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Ecuador from 1995 to 2016

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Ecuador 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 South America.

Tourists per year in Ecuador

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 315.00 million USD, or about 1.3 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 440,000.00 tourists at that time and roughly 716 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.45 billion USD, accounting for 1.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,022 USD for his holiday in Ecuador.

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

All data for Ecuador in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
1995440,000.00315.00 m $1.3 %716 $
1996494,000.00330.00 m $1.3 %668 $
1997529,000.00335.00 m $1.2 %633 $
1998511,000.00330.00 m $1.2 %646 $
1999518,000.00377.00 m $1.9 %728 $
2000627,000.00451.00 m $2.5 %719 $
2001641,000.00438.00 m $1.8 %683 $
2002683,000.00449.00 m $1.6 %657 $
2003761,000.00408.00 m $1.3 %536 $
2004819,000.00464.00 m $1.3 %567 $
2005860,000.00488.00 m $1.2 %567 $
2006841,000.00492.00 m $1.1 %585 $
2007937,000.00626.00 m $1.2 %668 $
20081.01 m745.00 m $1.2 %741 $
2009968,000.00674.00 m $1.1 %696 $
20101.05 m786.00 m $1.1 %751 $
20111.14 m849.00 m $1.1 %744 $
20121.27 m1.04 bn $1.2 %817 $
20131.36 m1.25 bn $1.3 %917 $
20141.56 m1.49 bn $1.5 %955 $
20151.54 m1.56 bn $1.6 %1,008 $
20161.42 m1.45 bn $1.5 %1,022 $


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