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Tourism in Serbia is officially recognised as a primary area for economic and social growth.[1] The hotel and catering sector accounted for approximately 2.2% of GDP in 2015.[2] Tourism in Serbia employs some 75,000 people, about 3% of the country's workforce.[1] In recent years the number of tourists is increasing, especially foreign once for about hundred thousand arrivals more each year. Major destinations for foreign tourists are Belgrade and Novi Sad, while domestic tourists prefer spas and mountain resorts.[3]

HistoryEdit

In the 1980s Yugoslavia was an important tourist destination in the Balkans. Overnight stays were almost 12 million per year, of which about 1.5 million were by foreign tourists. The events surrounding the break-up of Yugoslavia led to a substantial decline in both leisure and business tourism.[4]

In the twenty-first century tourism began to recover: the number of overseas visitors was 90% higher in 2004 than it had been in 2000, and revenue from foreign tourism more than tripled between 2002 and 2004, to about 220 million US dollars.[4] By 2010 revenue from international tourism had grown to 798 millions. >

StatisticsEdit

Arrivals per yearEdit

Year Arrivals Domestic Foreign
2003[5] 1,997,947 1,658,664 339,283
2004[6] 1,971,683 1,579,857 391,826
2005[7] 1,988,469 1,535,790 452,679
2006[8] 2,006,488 1,537,646 468,842
2007[9] 2,306,558 1,610,513 696,045
2008[10] 2,266,166 1,619,672 646,494
2009[11] 2,021,166 1,375,865 645,301
2010 2,000,597 1,317,916 682,681
2011 2,068,610 1,304,443 764,167
2012 2,079,643 1,269,676 809,967
2013 2,192,435 1,270,667 921,768
2014[12] 2,194,268 1,165,536 1,028,732
2015[13] 2,437,165 1,304,944 1,132,221
2016[14] 2,753,591 1,472,165 1,281,426
2017 [15] 3,085,866 1,588,693 1,497,173
2018[16] 3,430,522 1,720,008 1,710,514
2019[17] 2,490,977 1,282,477 1,208,500

Arrivals by countryEdit

2019[17] 2018[16]
# Country Arrivals Country Arrivals
1   China incl. Hong Kong 91,935   Bosnia and Herzegovina 121,384
2   Bosnia and Herzegovina 86,935   China incl. Hong Kong 102,351
3   Turkey 74,635   Bulgaria 99,527
4   Germany 71,311   Turkey 97,084
5   Bulgaria 61,153   Croatia 93,953
6   Croatia 59,997   Germany 88,959
7   Romania 59,747   Slovenia 86,897
8   Montenegro 58,073   Montenegro 82,142
9   Slovenia 54,397   Romania 76,779
10   North Macedonia 45,345   Greece 71,359
11   Greece 43,335   North Macedonia 65,557
12   Russia 42,888   Poland 57,074
13   Poland 41,982   Italy 51,444
14   Italy 36,046   Russia 49,765
15   Hungary 32,937   Hungary 44,320
Total international visitors 1,208,500 Total international visitors 1,710,514

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Serbia Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, in: Alain Dupeyras (ed.) (2012). OECD tourism trends and policies 2012. Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development. ISBN 9789264177567. p. 403–407.doi:10.1787/tour-2012-56-en
  2. ^ https://mtt.gov.rs/download/3/STRATEGIJA%20RAZVOJA%20TURIZMA%20RS%20%202016-2025.pdf
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  6. ^ "2004 стастика". srbija.travel. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  7. ^ "2005 статистика". srbija.travel. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  8. ^ "2006 статистика". srbija.travel. Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  9. ^ "2007 статистика". srbija.travel. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  10. ^ "2008 статистика". srbija.travel. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  11. ^ "2009-2013 статистика" (PDF). srbija.travel. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  12. ^ "2014 статистика" (PDF). srbija.travel. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Републички завод за статистику – Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Serbia – Tourism, 2015" (PDF). 2015-10-05. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  14. ^ "Туристички промет - децембар 2016 (2016 statistics)" (PDF). 2017-01-26. ISSN 0353-9555. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  15. ^ "Туристички промет - децембар 2017. (2017 statistics)" (PDF). 2017-12-29. ISSN 0353-9555. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  16. ^ a b "Office of the Republic of Serbia, data for 2018" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-04-04.
  17. ^ a b "Office of the Republic of Serbia, data for first eight month 2019" (PDF).

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