Tourism in Suriname

Suriname recorded a total of 278,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 160th 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 Suriname, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.48 tourists per resident, Suriname ranked 91st in the world. In South America, it ranked 2nd.

Suriname generated around 73.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.8 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Suriname from 1995 to 2017

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 52.00 million USD, or about 7.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 43,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,209 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 73.00 million USD, accounting for 2.1 percent of the gross national product.

Tourism receipts in Suriname per year

All data for Suriname in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199543,00052.00 m $7.5 %1,209 $
199653,00044.00 m $5.1 %830 $
199761,00038.00 m $4.1 %623 $
199855,00036.00 m $3.2 %655 $
199957,00045.00 m $5.1 %789 $
200057,00042.00 m $4.4 %737 $
200154,00026.00 m $3.1 %481 $
200260,00017.00 m $1.6 %283 $
200382,00018.00 m $1.4 %220 $
2004138,00052.00 m $3.5 %377 $
2005161,00096.00 m $5.4 %596 $
2006154,000109.00 m $4.2 %708 $
2007167,00073.00 m $2.5 %437 $
2008151,00083.00 m $2.3 %550 $
2009151,00070.00 m $1.8 %464 $
2010205,00069.00 m $1.6 %337 $
2011220,00069.00 m $1.6 %314 $
2012240,00079.00 m $1.6 %329 $
2013249,00092.00 m $1.8 %369 $
2014252,000103.00 m $2.0 %409 $
2015228,00099.00 m $2.1 %434 $
2016256,00074.00 m $2.4 %289 $
2017278,00061.00 m $1.9 %219 $


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

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