Tourism in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico recorded a total of 3 million tourists in 2018, ranking 75th 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 Puerto Rico, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.96 tourists per resident, Puerto Rico ranked 62nd in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 14th.

Puerto Rico generated around 3.28 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.1 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 956 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Puerto Rico from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Puerto Rico 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.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 21 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Puerto Rico

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 1.83 billion USD, or about 4.3 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 3.13 million tourists at that time and roughly 584 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 3.28 billion USD, accounting for 3.3 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,070 USD for his holiday in Puerto Rico.

Tourism receipts in Puerto Rico per year

All data for Puerto Rico in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19953.13 m1.83 bn $4.3 %584 $
19963.07 m1.90 bn $4.2 %619 $
19973.24 m2.05 bn $4.2 %631 $
19983.40 m2.23 bn $4.1 %658 $
19993.02 m2.14 bn $3.7 %707 $
20003.34 m2.39 bn $3.9 %715 $
20013.55 m2.73 bn $3.9 %768 $
20023.09 m2.49 bn $3.5 %805 $
20033.24 m2.68 bn $3.6 %827 $
20043.54 m3.02 bn $3.8 %854 $
20053.69 m3.24 bn $3.9 %879 $
20063.72 m3.37 bn $3.9 %905 $
20073.69 m3.41 bn $3.8 %926 $
20083.72 m3.54 bn $3.8 %951 $
20093.18 m3.18 bn $3.3 %998 $
20103.19 m3.21 bn $3.3 %1,008 $
20113.05 m3.14 bn $3.1 %1,031 $
20123.07 m3.19 bn $3.1 %1,040 $
20133.17 m3.31 bn $3.2 %1,044 $
20143.25 m3.44 bn $3.4 %1,059 $
20153.54 m3.83 bn $3.7 %1,080 $
20163.74 m3.97 bn $3.8 %1,064 $
20173.51 m3.85 bn $3.7 %1,095 $
20183.07 m3.28 bn $3.3 %1,070 $


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

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