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Tourism in Nicaragua

Nicaragua recorded a total of 1 m tourists in 2019, ranking 118th 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 0.22 tourists per resident, Nicaragua ranked 129th in the world. In Central America, it ranked 7th.

Nicaragua generated around 544.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.3 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 2018 spent about 337 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Nicaragua spend only around 288 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Nicaragua from 1995 to 2019

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.

Tourists per year in Nicaragua

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 51.00 m USD, or about 1.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 341,000 tourists at that time and roughly 150 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 m USD, accounting for 4.2 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 385 USD for his holiday in Nicaragua.

Tourism receipts in Nicaragua per year

All data for Nicaragua in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.46 m
20181.41 m544.00 m $4.2 %385 $
20171.96 m841.00 m $6.1 %430 $
20161.60 m642.00 m $4.8 %402 $
20151.46 m528.00 m $4.1 %363 $
20141.39 m446.00 m $3.8 %321 $
20131.27 m417.00 m $3.8 %328 $
20121.23 m421.00 m $4.0 %341 $
20111.12 m391.00 m $4.0 %348 $
20101.07 m314.00 m $3.6 %293 $
20091.01 m336.00 m $4.0 %333 $
20081.01 m303.00 m $3.6 %300 $
2007978,000277.00 m $3.7 %283 $
2006891,000249.00 m $3.7 %279 $
2005804,000206.00 m $3.3 %256 $
2004735,000192.00 m $3.3 %261 $
2003646,000160.00 m $3.0 %248 $
2002579,000135.00 m $2.6 %233 $
2001584,000135.00 m $2.5 %231 $
2000581,000129.00 m $2.5 %222 $
1999530,000128.00 m $2.6 %242 $
1998483,000103.00 m $2.2 %213 $
1997453,00082.00 m $1.9 %181 $
1996388,00055.00 m $1.3 %142 $
1995341,00051.00 m $1.2 %150 $


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

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