Tourism in Burma

Burma recorded a total of 4 million tourists in 2018, ranking 71st in the world in absolute terms.

Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Burma, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.066 tourists per resident, Burma ranked 155th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 9th.

Burma generated around 1.67 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 420 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Burma from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Burma 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 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Burma

Revenues in tourism

In 2000, tourism revenues amounted to 195.00 million USD, or about 2.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 416,000 tourists at that time and roughly 469 USD per person. Within 18 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.67 billion USD, accounting for 2.2 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 470 USD for his holiday in Burma.

Tourism receipts in Burma per year

All data for Burma in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995194,000169.00 m $871 $
1996490,000215.00 m $439 $
1997491,000183.00 m $373 $
1998478,000196.00 m $410 $
1999435,000222.00 m $510 $
2000416,000195.00 m $2.2 %469 $
2001475,000132.00 m $2.0 %278 $
2002487,000136.00 m $2.0 %279 $
2003597,00070.00 m $0.67 %117 $
2004657,00097.00 m $0.92 %148 $
2005660,00083.00 m $0.69 %126 $
2006630,00059.00 m $0.41 %94 $
2007716,00097.00 m $0.48 %135 $
2008731,00080.00 m $0.25 %109 $
2009763,00075.00 m $0.20 %98 $
2010792,00091.00 m $0.18 %115 $
2011816,000334.00 m $0.56 %409 $
20121.06 m550.00 m $0.92 %519 $
20132.04 m964.00 m $1.6 %472 $
20143.08 m1.69 bn $2.6 %548 $
20154.68 m2.20 bn $3.2 %470 $
20162.91 m2.29 bn $3.4 %787 $
20173.44 m1.99 bn $2.9 %577 $
20183.55 m1.67 bn $2.2 %470 $


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

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