Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded a total of 923,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 122nd 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 0.26 tourists per resident, Bosnia and Herzegovina ranked 118th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 13th.

Bosnia and Herzegovina generated around 894.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.0 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997 to 2017

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 19 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 894.00 million USD, accounting for 5.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 969 USD for his holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Bosnia and Herzegovina per year

All data for Bosnia and Herzegovina in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1997115,000
1998148,000257.00 m $6.2 %1,736 $
1999147,000258.00 m $5.5 %1,755 $
2000171,000246.00 m $4.5 %1,439 $
2001139,000279.00 m $4.9 %2,007 $
2002160,000307.00 m $4.6 %1,919 $
2003165,000404.00 m $4.8 %2,448 $
2004190,000507.00 m $4.8 %2,668 $
2005217,000557.00 m $5.0 %2,567 $
2006256,000658.00 m $5.1 %2,570 $
2007306,000804.00 m $5.1 %2,627 $
2008322,000913.00 m $4.8 %2,835 $
2009311,000753.00 m $4.3 %2,421 $
2010365,000662.00 m $3.9 %1,814 $
2011392,000722.00 m $3.9 %1,842 $
2012439,000686.00 m $4.0 %1,563 $
2013529,000752.00 m $4.1 %1,422 $
2014536,000755.00 m $4.1 %1,409 $
2015678,000702.00 m $4.3 %1,035 $
2016778,000773.00 m $4.6 %994 $
2017923,000894.00 m $5.0 %969 $


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