Tourism in Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten recorded a total of 178,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 168th 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 Sint Maarten, the result is much more comparable picture: With 4.4 tourists per resident, Sint Maarten ranked 15th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 5th.

Sint Maarten generated around 468.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 39.48 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 2,349 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Sint Maarten from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Sint Maarten 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 Sint Maarten

Revenues in tourism

In 2011, tourism revenues amounted to 729.00 million USD, or about 77.88 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 424,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,719 USD per person. Within 7 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 468.00 million USD, accounting for 39.48 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,629 USD for his holiday in Sint Maarten.

Tourism receipts in Sint Maarten per year

All data for Sint Maarten in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995460,000349.00 m $759 $
1996365,000322.00 m $882 $
1997439,000379.00 m $863 $
1998458,000430.00 m $939 $
1999445,000443.00 m $996 $
2000432,000511.00 m $1,183 $
2001403,000484.00 m $1,201 $
2002381,000489.00 m $1,283 $
2003428,000538.00 m $1,257 $
2004475,000626.00 m $1,318 $
2005468,000659.00 m $1,408 $
2006468,000651.00 m $1,391 $
2007469,000665.00 m $1,418 $
2008475,000667.00 m $1,404 $
2009440,000619.00 m $1,407 $
2010443,000681.00 m $1,537 $
2011424,000729.00 m $77.88 %1,719 $
2012457,000854.00 m $86.62 %1,869 $
2013467,000871.00 m $85.15 %1,865 $
2014500,000922.00 m $74.04 %1,844 $
2015505,000913.00 m $72.86 %1,808 $
2016528,000871.00 m $68.93 %1,650 $
2017402,000646.00 m $54.21 %1,607 $
2018178,000468.00 m $39.48 %2,629 $


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

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