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Tourism in Uruguay

Uruguay recorded a total of 3 m tourists in 2019, ranking 82nd 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 Uruguay, the result is much more comparable picture: With 1.0 tourists per resident, Uruguay ranked 70th in the world. In South America, it ranked 1st.

Uruguay generated around 2.10 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.8 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 6 percent of all international tourism receipts in South America.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 529 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Uruguay spend as much as 589 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Uruguay from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Uruguay 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.

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 Uruguay

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 725.00 m USD, or about 3.8 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.18 m tourists at that time and roughly 333 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.10 bn USD, accounting for 3.8 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 604 USD for his holiday in Uruguay.

Tourism receipts in Uruguay per year

All data for Uruguay in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20193.48 m2.10 bn $3.8 %604 $
20183.95 m2.44 bn $4.1 %617 $
20174.22 m2.66 bn $4.5 %630 $
20163.63 m2.18 bn $4.1 %601 $
20153.29 m2.07 bn $3.9 %630 $
20143.20 m2.03 bn $3.5 %635 $
20133.24 m2.18 bn $3.8 %673 $
20123.16 m2.44 bn $4.8 %773 $
20113.24 m2.40 bn $5.0 %740 $
20102.71 m1.67 bn $4.1 %616 $
20092.30 m1.46 bn $4.6 %634 $
20082.26 m1.20 bn $3.9 %530 $
20071.82 m928.00 m $4.0 %511 $
20061.82 m711.00 m $3.6 %390 $
20051.92 m699.00 m $4.0 %365 $
20041.87 m591.00 m $4.3 %316 $
20031.51 m419.00 m $3.5 %278 $
20021.35 m409.00 m $3.0 %302 $
20012.14 m700.00 m $3.3 %328 $
20002.24 m827.00 m $3.6 %370 $
19992.27 m653.00 m $2.7 %287 $
19982.32 m695.00 m $2.7 %299 $
19972.46 m862.00 m $3.6 %350 $
19962.26 m890.00 m $4.3 %394 $
19952.18 m725.00 m $3.8 %333 $


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

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