Tourism in Serbia

Serbia recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2018, ranking 97th 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 Serbia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.25 tourists per resident, Serbia ranked 121st in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 14th.

Serbia generated around 1.92 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.7 percent of its the gross domestic product.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 1,003 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Serbia from 2002 to 2018

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

Revenues in tourism

In 2002, tourism revenues amounted to 77.00 million USD, or about 0.48 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 312,000 tourists at that time and roughly 247 USD per person. Within 16 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.92 billion USD, accounting for 3.8 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,123 USD for his holiday in Serbia.

Tourism receipts in Serbia per year

All data for Serbia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2002312,00077.00 m $0.48 %247 $
2003339,000159.00 m $0.75 %469 $
2004392,000220.00 m $0.88 %561 $
2005453,000308.00 m $1.2 %680 $
2006469,000416.00 m $1.4 %887 $
2007696,0001.02 bn $2.5 %1,463 $
2008646,0001.11 bn $2.3 %1,724 $
2009645,000986.00 m $2.2 %1,529 $
2010683,000950.00 m $2.3 %1,391 $
2011764,0001.15 bn $2.3 %1,504 $
2012810,0001.08 bn $2.5 %1,333 $
2013922,0001.22 bn $2.5 %1,324 $
20141.03 m1.35 bn $2.9 %1,314 $
20151.13 m1.32 bn $3.3 %1,168 $
20161.28 m1.46 bn $3.6 %1,141 $
20171.50 m1.71 bn $3.9 %1,140 $
20181.71 m1.92 bn $3.8 %1,123 $

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