Tourism in Honduras

Honduras recorded a total of 851,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 128th 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 Honduras, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.087 tourists per resident, Honduras ranked 148th in the world. In Central America, it ranked 8th.

Honduras generated around 745.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.0 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Honduras from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Honduras 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.

Tourists per year in Honduras

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 85.00 million USD, or about 1.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 271,000 tourists at that time and roughly 314 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 745.00 million USD, accounting for 3.1 percent of the gross national product.

Tourism receipts in Honduras per year

All data for Honduras in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995271,00085.00 m $1.6 %314 $
1996263,000119.00 m $2.3 %452 $
1997307,000152.00 m $2.6 %495 $
1998321,000175.00 m $2.7 %545 $
1999371,000214.00 m $3.3 %577 $
2000471,000263.00 m $3.7 %558 $
2001518,000260.00 m $3.4 %502 $
2002550,000305.00 m $3.9 %555 $
2003611,000372.00 m $4.6 %609 $
2004641,000420.00 m $4.8 %655 $
2005673,000465.00 m $4.8 %691 $
2006739,000515.70 m $4.8 %698 $
2007804,000546.60 m $4.5 %680 $
2008869,000619.80 m $4.5 %713 $
2009836,000616.10 m $4.2 %737 $
2010863,000626.70 m $4.0 %726 $
2011871,000641.50 m $3.6 %737 $
2012895,000683.70 m $3.7 %764 $
2013863,000618.00 m $3.3 %716 $
2014868,000706.00 m $3.6 %813 $
2015880,000671.00 m $3.2 %763 $
2016838,000700.00 m $3.2 %835 $
2017851,000722.00 m $3.1 %848 $


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