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Tourism in North Macedonia

Tourism in North Macedonia

North Macedonia recorded a total of 118,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 168th 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 North Macedonia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.057 tourists per resident, North Macedonia ranked 142nd in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 14th.

North Macedonia generated around 253.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.1 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 2020 spent about 1,813 US Dollars.

Tourism in North Macedonia

Development of the tourism sector in North Macedonia from 1995 to 2020

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 19.00 million USD, or about 0.40 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 147,000 tourists at that time and roughly 129 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 253.00 million USD, accounting for 2.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,144 USD for his holiday in North Macedonia.

Tourism receipts in North Macedonia per year

All data for North Macedonia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
2020118,000253.00 m $2.1 %2,144 $
2019758,000401.00 m $3.2 %529 $
2018707,000387.00 m $3.1 %547 $
2017631,000331.00 m $2.9 %525 $
2016510,000283.00 m $2.7 %555 $
2015486,000268.00 m $2.7 %551 $
2014425,000298.00 m $2.6 %701 $
2013400,000270.00 m $2.5 %675 $
2012351,000237.00 m $2.4 %675 $
2011327,000242.00 m $2.3 %740 $
2010262,000199.00 m $2.1 %760 $
2009259,000232.00 m $2.5 %896 $
2008255,000262.00 m $2.6 %1,027 $
2007230,000219.00 m $2.6 %952 $
2006202,000156.00 m $2.3 %772 $
2005197,000116.00 m $1.9 %589 $
2004165,000103.00 m $1.8 %624 $
2003158,00086.00 m $1.7 %544 $
2002123,00055.00 m $1.4 %447 $
200199,00049.00 m $1.3 %495 $
2000224,00088.00 m $2.3 %393 $
1999181,00080.00 m $2.1 %442 $
1998157,00030.00 m $0.80 %191 $
1997121,00029.00 m $0.74 %240 $
1996136,00035.00 m $0.75 %257 $
1995147,00019.00 m $0.40 %129 $


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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