Tourism in Pakistan

Pakistan recorded a total of 966,000 tourists in 2012, ranking 118th 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 Pakistan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.005 tourists per resident, Pakistan ranked 200th in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 7th.

Pakistan generated around 875.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.28 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Pakistan from 1995 to 2012

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Pakistan 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.

The red line represents the average of all countries in South Asia.

Tourists per year in Pakistan

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 582.00 million USD, or about 0.96 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 378,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,540 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 875.00 million USD, accounting for 0.29 percent of the gross national product.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Pakistan per year

All data for Pakistan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995378,000582.00 m $0.96 %1,540 $
1996369,000590.00 m $0.93 %1,599 $
1997375,000618.00 m $0.99 %1,648 $
1998429,000556.00 m $0.89 %1,296 $
1999432,000492.00 m $0.78 %1,139 $
2000557,000551.00 m $0.75 %989 $
2001500,000533.00 m $0.74 %1,066 $
2002498,000562.00 m $0.78 %1,129 $
2003501,000620.00 m $0.74 %1,238 $
2004648,000765.00 m $0.78 %1,181 $
2005798,000828.00 m $0.76 %1,038 $
2006898,000919.00 m $0.67 %1,023 $
2007840,000912.00 m $0.60 %1,086 $
2008823,000986.00 m $0.58 %1,198 $
2009855,000950.00 m $0.57 %1,111 $
2010907,000998.00 m $0.56 %1,100 $
20111.16 m1.13 bn $0.53 %971 $
2012966,0001.01 bn $0.45 %1,050 $


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