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Tourism in Lebanon

Lebanon recorded a total of 2 m tourists in 2019, ranking 106th 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 Lebanon, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.28 tourists per resident, Lebanon ranked 121st in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 14th.

Lebanon generated around 8.72 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 26.11 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 5 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 3,942 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Lebanon from 1995 to 2019

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 710.00 m USD, or about 6.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 450,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,578 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 8.72 bn USD, accounting for 16.77 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 4,503 USD for his holiday in Lebanon.

Tourism receipts in Lebanon per year

All data for Lebanon in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.94 m8.72 bn $16.77 %4,503 $
20181.96 m8.69 bn $15.82 %4,427 $
20171.86 m8.09 bn $15.22 %4,354 $
20161.69 m7.37 bn $14.40 %4,368 $
20151.52 m7.09 bn $14.19 %4,669 $
20141.36 m6.84 bn $14.20 %5,044 $
20131.27 m7.03 bn $14.99 %5,520 $
20121.37 m7.36 bn $16.72 %5,389 $
20111.66 m6.80 bn $17.02 %4,107 $
20102.17 m8.03 bn $20.88 %3,702 $
20091.84 m7.16 bn $20.17 %3,881 $
20081.33 m6.32 bn $21.61 %4,739 $
20071.02 m5.80 bn $23.30 %5,699 $
20061.06 m5.46 bn $24.75 %5,134 $
20051.14 m5.97 bn $27.78 %5,236 $
20041.28 m5.93 bn $28.05 %4,641 $
20031.02 m6.78 bn $33.77 %6,675 $
2002956,0004.28 bn $22.37 %4,481 $
2001837,000837.00 m $4.7 %1,000 $
2000742,000742.00 m $4.3 %1,000 $
1999673,000673.00 m $3.9 %1,000 $
1998631,0001.22 bn $7.1 %1,935 $
1997558,0001,000.00 m $6.3 %1,792 $
1996424,000715.00 m $5.2 %1,686 $
1995450,000710.00 m $6.1 %1,578 $


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

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