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Tourism in Suriname

Suriname recorded a total of 279,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 152nd in the world in absolute terms. No se han publicado más datos recientes desde entonces.

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 0.47 tourists per resident, Suriname ranked 68th in the world. In South America, it ranked 2nd.

Suriname generated around 19.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.66 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 0 percent of all international tourism receipts in South America.

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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 69,000 tourists at that time and roughly 754 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, sales took up $64.00 million billion, 1.6 percent of gross national product.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the $64.00 million billion (2019), only $19.00 million billion remained. This is a 70 percent decrease in Suriname.

Tourism receipts in Suriname per year

All data for Suriname in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2017279,00061.00 m $1.7 %219 $
2016257,00074.00 m $2.2 %288 $
2015229,00099.00 m $1.9 %432 $
2014253,000103.00 m $2.0 %407 $
2013250,00092.00 m $1.8 %368 $
2012240,00079.00 m $1.6 %329 $
2011221,00069.00 m $1.6 %312 $
2010206,00069.00 m $1.6 %335 $
2009151,00070.00 m $1.8 %464 $
2008151,00083.00 m $2.3 %550 $
2007167,00073.00 m $2.5 %437 $
2006154,000109.00 m $4.2 %708 $
2005161,00096.00 m $5.4 %596 $
2004138,00052.00 m $3.5 %377 $
2003100,00018.00 m $1.4 %180 $
200260,00017.00 m $1.6 %283 $
200168,00026.00 m $3.1 %382 $
200072,00042.00 m $4.4 %583 $
199972,00045.00 m $5.1 %625 $
199870,00036.00 m $3.2 %514 $
199778,00038.00 m $4.1 %487 $
199674,00044.00 m $5.1 %595 $
199569,00052.00 m $7.5 %754 $


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

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