Tourism in Honduras

Honduras recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2019, ranking 93rd 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 0.23 tourists per resident, Honduras ranked 127th in the world. In Central America, it ranked 6th.

Honduras generated around 556.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.3 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central America.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 210 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Honduras from 1995 to 2019

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.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 8 countries in Central America.

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 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 556.00 million USD, accounting for 2.2 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 240 USD for his holiday in Honduras.

Tourism receipts in Honduras per year

All data for Honduras in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20192.32 m556.00 m $2.2 %240 $
20182.32 m601.00 m $2.5 %259 $
20172.14 m610.00 m $2.7 %285 $
20162.23 m585.00 m $2.7 %263 $
20152.09 m671.00 m $3.2 %321 $
20142.08 m706.00 m $3.6 %339 $
20131.86 m618.00 m $3.4 %333 $
20121.90 m683.70 m $3.7 %359 $
20111.85 m641.50 m $3.6 %346 $
20101.97 m626.70 m $4.0 %319 $
20091.59 m616.10 m $4.2 %388 $
20081.56 m619.80 m $4.5 %397 $
20071.31 m546.60 m $4.5 %418 $
20061.14 m515.70 m $4.8 %454 $
20051.12 m465.00 m $4.8 %416 $
20041.03 m420.00 m $4.8 %409 $
2003887,000372.00 m $4.6 %419 $
2002788,000305.00 m $3.9 %387 $
2001672,000260.00 m $3.4 %387 $
2000689,000263.00 m $3.7 %382 $
1999428,000214.00 m $3.3 %500 $
1998324,000175.00 m $2.7 %540 $
1997310,000152.00 m $2.6 %490 $
1996271,000119.00 m $2.3 %439 $
1995271,00085.00 m $1.6 %314 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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