Tourism in Serbia

Serbia recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2017, ranking 102nd 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 0.21 tourists per resident, Serbia ranked 126th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 14th.

Serbia generated around 1.71 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.4 percent of its the gross domestic product.

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Development of the tourism sector in Serbia from 2002 to 2017

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 15 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.71 billion USD, accounting for 3.9 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,139 USD for his holiday in Serbia.

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

All data for Serbia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
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 %1,140 $
20171.50 m1.71 bn $3.9 %1,139 $

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