Tourism in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda recorded a total of 269,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 163rd 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 Antigua and Barbuda, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.8 tourists per resident, Antigua and Barbuda ranked 26th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 8th.

Antigua and Barbuda generated around 971.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 56.20 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 3,224 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Antigua and Barbuda from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Antigua and Barbuda 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.

The red line represents the average of all 21 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Antigua and Barbuda

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 247.00 million USD, or about 42.79 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 220,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,123 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 971.00 million USD, accounting for 60.29 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 3,610 USD for his holiday in Antigua and Barbuda.

Tourism receipts in Antigua and Barbuda per year

All data for Antigua and Barbuda in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995220,000247.00 m $42.79 %1,123 $
1996228,000258.00 m $40.71 %1,132 $
1997240,000278.00 m $40.85 %1,158 $
1998234,000282.00 m $38.74 %1,205 $
1999232,000290.00 m $37.85 %1,250 $
2000207,000291.00 m $35.05 %1,406 $
2001215,000272.00 m $33.97 %1,265 $
2002218,000274.00 m $33.64 %1,257 $
2003239,000300.00 m $35.06 %1,255 $
2004246,000337.00 m $36.65 %1,370 $
2005245,000309.00 m $30.23 %1,261 $
2006254,000327.00 m $28.26 %1,287 $
2007262,000338.00 m $25.77 %1,290 $
2008266,000334.00 m $24.41 %1,256 $
2009234,000305.00 m $24.91 %1,303 $
2010230,000298.00 m $25.94 %1,296 $
2011241,000312.00 m $27.43 %1,295 $
2012247,000319.00 m $26.58 %1,291 $
2013243,000299.00 m $25.31 %1,230 $
2014249,000803.00 m $64.25 %3,225 $
2015250,000802.00 m $60.00 %3,208 $
2016265,000844.00 m $58.75 %3,185 $
2017247,000820.00 m $55.86 %3,320 $
2018269,000971.00 m $60.29 %3,610 $


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