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Tourism on the British Virgin Islands

the British Virgin Islands recorded a total of 83,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 177th 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 the British Virgin Islands, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.7 tourists per resident, the British Virgin Islands ranked 22nd in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 12th.

The British Virgin Islands generated around 484.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2015 spent about 1,041 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of the British Virgin Islands spend only around 428 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector on the British Virgin Islands from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered on the British Virgin Islands 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 on the British Virgin Islands


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

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