Tourism in Macedonia

Macedonia recorded a total of 510,000 tourists in 2016, ranking 136th 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 Macedonia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.24 tourists per resident, Macedonia ranked 116th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 12th.

Macedonia generated around 283.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.5 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Macedonia from 1995 to 2016

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 19.00 million USD, or about 0.43 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 147,000 tourists at that time and roughly 129 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 283.00 million USD, accounting for 2.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 555 USD for his holiday in Macedonia.

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

All data for Macedonia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995147,00019.00 m $0.43 %129 $
1996136,00035.00 m $0.79 %257 $
1997121,00029.00 m $0.78 %240 $
1998157,00030.00 m $0.84 %191 $
1999181,00080.00 m $2.2 %442 $
2000224,00088.00 m $2.3 %393 $
200199,00049.00 m $1.3 %495 $
2002123,00055.00 m $1.4 %447 $
2003158,00086.00 m $1.7 %544 $
2004165,000103.00 m $1.8 %624 $
2005197,000116.00 m $1.9 %589 $
2006202,000156.00 m $2.3 %772 $
2007230,000219.00 m $2.6 %952 $
2008255,000262.00 m $2.6 %1,027 $
2009259,000232.00 m $2.5 %896 $
2010262,000199.00 m $2.1 %760 $
2011327,000242.00 m $2.3 %740 $
2012351,000237.00 m $2.4 %675 $
2013400,000270.00 m $2.5 %675 $
2014425,000298.00 m $2.6 %701 $
2015486,000268.00 m $2.7 %551 $
2016510,000283.00 m $2.6 %555 $


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