Tourism in Paraguay

Tourism in Paraguay

Paraguay recorded a total of one million tourists in 2020, ranking 94th 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 0.16 tourists per resident, Paraguay ranked 100th in the world. In South America, it ranked 5th.

In 2020, Paraguay generated around 104.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.26 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in South America.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 92 US dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Paraguay spend as much as 1,003 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Paraguay

Development of the tourism sector in Paraguay from 1995 to 2020

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 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 12 countries in South America.

Tourists per year in Paraguay

Revenues from 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 15.68 million tourists at that time and roughly ten USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $409.00 million billion, 1.1 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $94 on their vacation in Paraguay.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $409.00 million billion (2019), only $104.00 million billion remained. This is a 75 percent decrease in Paraguay.

Tourism receipts in Paraguay per year

All data for Paraguay in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20201.08 m104.00 m $0.29 %97 $
20194.37 m409.00 m $1.1 %94 $
20184.18 m393.00 m $0.98 %94 $
20174.74 m399.00 m $1.0 %84 $
20164.32 m356.00 m $0.99 %82 $
20154.10 m348.00 m $0.96 %85 $
20143.46 m314.00 m $0.78 %91 $
20133.54 m299.00 m $0.77 %85 $
20123.66 m291.00 m $0.87 %80 $
20113.37 m261.00 m $0.77 %78 $
20103.17 m243.00 m $0.89 %77 $
20093.18 m225.00 m $1.0 %71 $
20083.12 m128.00 m $0.52 %41 $
20073.01 m121.00 m $0.68 %40 $
20062.83 m112.00 m $0.83 %40 $
20052.65 m96.00 m $0.89 %36 $
20042.59 m87.00 m $0.90 %34 $
20032.86 m81.00 m $1.1 %28 $
20023.19 m76.00 m $1.1 %24 $
20013.55 m91.00 m $1.1 %26 $
20003.92 m88.00 m $0.99 %22 $
19996.57 m95.00 m $1.1 %14 $
19989.82 m128.00 m $1.4 %13 $
199710.96 m145.00 m $1.5 %13 $
199612.87 m159.00 m $1.6 %12 $
199515.68 m162.00 m $1.8 %10 $

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

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