Tourism in Paraguay

Paraguay recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2017, ranking 97th 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 Paraguay, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.23 tourists per resident, Paraguay ranked 123rd in the world. In South America, it ranked 5th.

Paraguay generated around 399.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.98 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Paraguay from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Paraguay 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 Paraguay

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 162.00 million USD, or about 1.8 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 438,000 tourists at that time and roughly 370 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 399.00 million USD, accounting for 1.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 252 USD for his holiday in Paraguay.

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

All data for Paraguay in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995438,000162.00 m $1.8 %370 $
1996426,000159.00 m $1.6 %373 $
1997395,000145.00 m $1.5 %367 $
1998350,000128.00 m $1.4 %366 $
1999269,00095.00 m $1.1 %353 $
2000289,00088.00 m $0.99 %304 $
2001279,00091.00 m $1.1 %326 $
2002250,00076.00 m $1.1 %304 $
2003268,00081.00 m $1.1 %302 $
2004309,00087.00 m $0.90 %282 $
2005341,00096.00 m $0.89 %282 $
2006388,000112.00 m $0.83 %289 $
2007416,000121.00 m $0.68 %291 $
2008428,000128.00 m $0.52 %299 $
2009439,000225.00 m $1.0 %513 $
2010465,000243.00 m $0.89 %523 $
2011524,000261.00 m $0.77 %498 $
2012579,000291.00 m $0.87 %503 $
2013610,000299.00 m $0.77 %490 $
2014649,000314.00 m $0.78 %484 $
20151.22 m348.00 m $0.96 %286 $
20161.31 m356.00 m $0.99 %272 $
20171.58 m399.00 m $1.0 %252 $


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