Tourism in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2017, ranking 120th in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Bangladesh, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0063 tourists per resident, Bangladesh ranked 197th in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 7th.

Bangladesh generated around 357.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.12 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Bangladesh from 1995 to 2017

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 25.00 million USD, or about 0.066 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 156,000 tourists at that time and roughly 160 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 357.00 million USD, accounting for 0.13 percent of the gross national product.

Tourism receipts in Bangladesh per year

All data for Bangladesh in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995156,00025.00 m $0.066 %160 $
1996166,00033.00 m $0.071 %199 $
1997182,00062.00 m $0.13 %341 $
1998172,00052.00 m $0.10 %302 $
1999173,00050.00 m $0.098 %289 $
2000199,00050.00 m $0.094 %251 $
2001207,00048.00 m $0.089 %232 $
2002207,00059.00 m $0.11 %285 $
2003245,00059.00 m $0.098 %241 $
2004271,00076.00 m $0.12 %280 $
2005208,00082.00 m $0.12 %394 $
2006200,00079.00 m $0.11 %395 $
2007289,00076.00 m $0.096 %263 $
2008467,00075.00 m $0.082 %161 $
2009267,00077.00 m $0.075 %288 $
2010303,000103.00 m $0.089 %340 $
2011155,00097.00 m $0.075 %626 $
2012125,000105.00 m $0.079 %840 $
2013148,000131.00 m $0.087 %885 $
2014125,000154.00 m $0.089 %1,232 $
2015643,000150.30 m $0.077 %234 $
2016830,000214.30 m $0.097 %258 $
20171.03 m348.00 m $0.14 %339 $


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