Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2019, ranking 127th 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.37 tourists per resident, Bosnia and Herzegovina ranked 114th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 13th.

Bosnia and Herzegovina generated around 1.23 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 6.1 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Europe.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 896 US Dollars.

Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Development of the tourism sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina 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.

Tourists per year in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Revenues in tourism

In 1998, tourism revenues amounted to 257.00 million USD, or about 6.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 148,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,736 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.23 billion USD, accounting for 6.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,023 USD for his holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tourism receipts in Bosnia and Herzegovina per year

All data for Bosnia and Herzegovina in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.20 m1.23 bn $6.1 %1,023 $
20181.05 m1.15 bn $5.7 %1,089 $
2017923,000984.00 m $5.4 %1,066 $
2016778,000875.00 m $5.2 %1,125 $
2015678,000794.00 m $4.9 %1,171 $
2014536,000755.00 m $4.1 %1,409 $
2013529,000752.00 m $4.1 %1,422 $
2012439,000686.00 m $4.0 %1,563 $
2011392,000722.00 m $3.9 %1,842 $
2010365,000662.00 m $3.9 %1,814 $
2009311,000753.00 m $4.3 %2,421 $
2008322,000913.00 m $4.8 %2,835 $
2007306,000804.00 m $5.1 %2,627 $
2006256,000658.00 m $5.1 %2,570 $
2005217,000557.00 m $5.0 %2,567 $
2004190,000507.00 m $4.8 %2,668 $
2003165,000404.00 m $4.8 %2,448 $
2002160,000307.00 m $4.6 %1,919 $
2001139,000279.00 m $4.9 %2,007 $
2000171,000246.00 m $4.5 %1,439 $
1999147,000258.00 m $5.5 %1,755 $
1998148,000257.00 m $6.2 %1,736 $

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

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