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Tourism in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia recorded a total of 1 m tourists in 2019, ranking 126th 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 6.6 tourists per resident, Saint Lucia ranked 21st in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 11th.

Saint Lucia generated around 989.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 58.06 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 3 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 743 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Saint Lucia from 1995 to 2019

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 21 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Saint Lucia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 230.00 m USD, or about 33.78 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 407,000 tourists at that time and roughly 565 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 989.00 m USD, accounting for 47.87 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 849 USD for his holiday in Saint Lucia.

Tourism receipts in Saint Lucia per year

All data for Saint Lucia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.22 m
20181.17 m989.00 m $47.87 %849 $
20171.06 m875.00 m $43.77 %822 $
2016948,000776.00 m $41.60 %819 $
20151.03 m810.00 m $44.80 %786 $
2014987,000778.00 m $44.33 %788 $
2013921,000354.00 m $21.26 %384 $
2012889,000337.00 m $21.00 %379 $
2011950,000321.00 m $20.36 %338 $
2010984,000309.00 m $20.78 %314 $
2009982,000296.00 m $23.15 %301 $
2008925,000311.00 m $24.26 %336 $
2007905,000302.00 m $23.65 %334 $
2006670,000294.00 m $25.93 %439 $
2005720,000382.00 m $37.61 %531 $
2004791,000326.00 m $34.18 %412 $
2003683,000282.00 m $31.94 %413 $
2002648,000210.00 m $26.11 %324 $
2001747,000233.00 m $29.19 %312 $
2000727,000281.00 m $33.71 %387 $
1999666,000263.00 m $31.94 %395 $
1998629,000283.00 m $36.12 %450 $
1997563,000253.00 m $35.11 %449 $
1996422,000237.00 m $33.64 %562 $
1995407,000230.00 m $33.78 %565 $


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

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