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Tourism in Pakistan

Pakistan recorded a total of 966,000 tourists in 2012, ranking 99th in the world in absolute terms. No se han publicado más datos recientes desde entonces.

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 0.0042 tourists per resident, Pakistan ranked 195th in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 7th.

In 2020, Pakistan generated around 765.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.22 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in South Asia.

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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 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 8 countries in South Asia.

Tourists per year in Pakistan

Revenues from 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 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $992.00 million billion, 0.31 percent of gross national product.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $992.00 million billion (2019), only $765.00 million billion remained. This is a 23 percent decrease in Pakistan.

Tourism receipts in Pakistan per year

All data for Pakistan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2012966,0001.01 bn $0.45 %1,050 $
20111.16 m1.13 bn $0.53 %971 $
2010907,000998.00 m $0.56 %1,100 $
2009855,000950.00 m $0.57 %1,111 $
2008823,000986.00 m $0.58 %1,198 $
2007840,000912.00 m $0.60 %1,086 $
2006898,000919.00 m $0.67 %1,023 $
2005798,000828.00 m $0.69 %1,038 $
2004648,000765.00 m $0.71 %1,181 $
2003501,000620.00 m $0.68 %1,238 $
2002498,000562.00 m $0.70 %1,129 $
2001500,000533.00 m $0.67 %1,066 $
2000557,000551.00 m $0.67 %989 $
1999432,000492.00 m $0.78 %1,139 $
1998429,000556.00 m $0.89 %1,296 $
1997375,000618.00 m $0.99 %1,648 $
1996369,000590.00 m $0.93 %1,599 $
1995378,000582.00 m $0.96 %1,540 $


Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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