Tourism in Nicaragua

Nicaragua recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2018, ranking 110th 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 Nicaragua, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.19 tourists per resident, Nicaragua ranked 125th in the world. In Central America, it ranked 6th.

Nicaragua generated around 544.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.3 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 387 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Nicaragua spend only around 320 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Nicaragua from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Nicaragua 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 8 countries in Central America.

Tourists per year in Nicaragua

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 51.00 million USD, or about 1.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 281,000 tourists at that time and roughly 181 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 544.00 million USD, accounting for 4.2 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 433 USD for his holiday in Nicaragua.

Tourism receipts in Nicaragua per year

All data for Nicaragua in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995281,00051.00 m $1.2 %181 $
1996303,00055.00 m $1.3 %182 $
1997358,00082.00 m $1.9 %229 $
1998406,000103.00 m $2.2 %254 $
1999468,000128.00 m $2.6 %274 $
2000486,000129.00 m $2.5 %265 $
2001483,000135.00 m $2.5 %280 $
2002472,000135.00 m $2.6 %286 $
2003526,000160.00 m $3.0 %304 $
2004615,000192.00 m $3.3 %312 $
2005712,000206.00 m $3.3 %289 $
2006749,000249.00 m $3.7 %332 $
2007800,000277.00 m $3.7 %346 $
2008858,000303.00 m $3.6 %353 $
2009932,000336.00 m $4.0 %361 $
20101.01 m314.00 m $3.6 %311 $
20111.06 m391.00 m $4.0 %369 $
20121.18 m421.00 m $4.0 %357 $
20131.23 m417.00 m $3.8 %339 $
20141.33 m446.00 m $3.8 %335 $
20151.39 m528.00 m $4.1 %381 $
20161.50 m642.00 m $4.8 %427 $
20171.79 m841.00 m $6.1 %471 $
20181.26 m544.00 m $4.2 %433 $


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