Tourism in Armenia

Armenia recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2019, ranking 108th 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 Armenia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.64 tourists per resident, Armenia ranked 91st in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 8th.

Armenia generated around 1.55 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 12.29 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 718 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Armenia spend as much as 723 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Armenia from 1995 to 2019

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 14.00 million USD, or about 0.95 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 12,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,167 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.55 billion USD, accounting for 11.40 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 820 USD for his holiday in Armenia.

Tourism receipts in Armenia per year

All data for Armenia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.89 m1.55 bn $11.40 %820 $
20181.65 m1.36 bn $10.90 %822 $
20171.50 m1.22 bn $10.62 %819 $
20161.26 m1.04 bn $9.8 %823 $
20151.19 m956.00 m $9.1 %802 $
20141.20 m994.00 m $8.6 %826 $
20131.08 m905.00 m $8.1 %835 $
2012963,000853.00 m $8.0 %886 $
2011758,000762.00 m $7.5 %1,005 $
2010684,000694.00 m $7.5 %1,015 $
2009575,000570.00 m $6.6 %991 $
2008558,000564.00 m $4.8 %1,011 $
2007511,000522.00 m $5.7 %1,022 $
2006382,000406.00 m $6.4 %1,063 $
2005319,000243.00 m $5.0 %762 $
2004263,000189.00 m $5.3 %719 $
2003206,00090.00 m $3.2 %437 $
2002162,00081.00 m $3.4 %500 $
2001123,00081.00 m $3.8 %659 $
200045,00052.00 m $2.7 %1,156 $
199941,00047.00 m $2.5 %1,146 $
199832,00041.00 m $2.2 %1,281 $
199723,00033.00 m $2.0 %1,435 $
199613,00018.00 m $1.1 %1,385 $
199512,00014.00 m $0.95 %1,167 $

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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