Tourism in Kuwait

Kuwait recorded a total of 9 million tourists in 2018, ranking 46th 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 Kuwait, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.0 tourists per resident, Kuwait ranked 39th in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 4th.

Kuwait generated around 919.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.68 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Kuwait from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Kuwait 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 18 countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Kuwait

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 307.00 million USD, or about 1.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 72,000 tourists at that time and roughly 4,264 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 919.00 million USD, accounting for 0.65 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 108 USD for his holiday in Kuwait.

Tourism receipts in Kuwait per year

All data for Kuwait in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199572,000307.00 m $1.1 %4,264 $
199676,000389.00 m $1.2 %5,118 $
199779,000396.00 m $1.3 %5,013 $
199877,000456.00 m $1.8 %5,922 $
199984,000342.00 m $1.1 %4,071 $
200078,000394.00 m $1.0 %5,051 $
200173,000286.00 m $0.82 %3,918 $
200296,000320.00 m $0.84 %3,333 $
200394,000328.00 m $0.69 %3,489 $
200491,000398.00 m $0.67 %4,374 $
2005104,000413.00 m $0.51 %3,971 $
2006185,000508.00 m $0.50 %2,746 $
2007293,000530.00 m $0.46 %1,809 $
2008259,000610.00 m $0.41 %2,355 $
2009297,000660.00 m $0.62 %2,222 $
20105.21 m574.00 m $0.50 %110 $
20115.57 m644.00 m $0.42 %116 $
20125.73 m780.00 m $0.45 %136 $
20136.22 m619.00 m $0.36 %100 $
20146.53 m615.00 m $0.38 %94 $
20156.94 m931.00 m $0.81 %134 $
20167.06 m831.00 m $0.76 %118 $
20177.41 m643.00 m $0.53 %87 $
20188.51 m919.00 m $0.65 %108 $


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