Tourism in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia recorded a total of 386,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 147th 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 Saint Lucia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.1 tourists per resident, Saint Lucia ranked 34th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 12th.

Saint Lucia generated around 801.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 41.68 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Saint Lucia from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Saint Lucia 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 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Saint Lucia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 230.00 million USD, or about 33.78 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 231,000 tourists at that time and roughly 996 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 801.00 million USD, accounting for 44.09 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,075 USD for his holiday in Saint Lucia.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Saint Lucia per year

All data for Saint Lucia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995231,000230.00 m $33.78 %996 $
1996236,000237.00 m $33.64 %1,004 $
1997248,000253.00 m $35.11 %1,020 $
1998252,000283.00 m $36.12 %1,123 $
1999264,000263.00 m $31.94 %996 $
2000270,000281.00 m $33.71 %1,041 $
2001250,000233.00 m $29.19 %932 $
2002253,000210.00 m $26.11 %830 $
2003277,000282.00 m $31.94 %1,018 $
2004298,000326.00 m $34.18 %1,094 $
2005318,000382.00 m $37.61 %1,201 $
2006303,000294.00 m $25.93 %970 $
2007287,000302.00 m $23.65 %1,052 $
2008296,000311.00 m $24.26 %1,051 $
2009278,000296.00 m $23.15 %1,065 $
2010306,000309.00 m $22.08 %1,010 $
2011312,000321.00 m $22.23 %1,029 $
2012307,000337.00 m $23.40 %1,098 $
2013319,000354.00 m $23.86 %1,110 $
2014338,000778.00 m $49.90 %2,302 $
2015345,000810.00 m $48.82 %2,348 $
2016348,000776.00 m $45.60 %2,230 $
2017386,000801.00 m $44.09 %2,075 $


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