Tourism in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda recorded a total of 384,500 tourists in 2020, ranking 139th 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 4.1 tourists per resident, Antigua and Barbuda ranked 15th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 9th.

In 2020, Antigua and Barbuda generated around 416.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 28.28 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 5 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 1,027 US dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Antigua and Barbuda from 1995 to 2020

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 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 from 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 447,000 tourists at that time and roughly 553 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $992.00 million billion, 58.78 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $958 on their vacation in Antigua and Barbuda.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $992.00 million billion (2019), only $416.00 million billion remained. This is a 58 percent decrease 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
2020384,500416.00 m $30.36 %1,082 $
20191.04 m992.00 m $58.78 %958 $
20181.06 m854.00 m $53.18 %803 $
20171.04 m820.00 m $55.86 %788 $
2016874,000844.00 m $58.75 %966 $
2015894,000802.00 m $60.00 %897 $
2014771,000803.00 m $64.25 %1,042 $
2013777,000299.00 m $25.31 %385 $
2012819,000319.00 m $26.58 %389 $
2011848,000312.00 m $27.43 %368 $
2010788,000298.00 m $25.94 %378 $
2009944,000305.00 m $24.83 %323 $
2008863,000334.00 m $24.38 %387 $
2007935,000338.00 m $25.75 %361 $
2006838,000327.00 m $28.25 %390 $
2005712,000309.00 m $30.21 %434 $
2004769,000337.00 m $36.64 %438 $
2003623,000300.00 m $35.03 %482 $
2002528,000274.00 m $33.65 %519 $
2001624,000272.00 m $33.98 %436 $
2000634,000291.00 m $35.21 %459 $
1999560,000290.00 m $37.85 %518 $
1998570,000282.00 m $38.74 %495 $
1997526,000278.00 m $40.85 %529 $
1996498,000258.00 m $40.71 %518 $
1995447,000247.00 m $42.79 %553 $

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 World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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