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Tourism on the Turks and Caicos Islands

the Turks and Caicos Islands recorded a total of 370,400 tourists in 2020, ranking 141st 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 Turks and Caicos Islands, the result is much more comparable picture: With 8.2 tourists per resident, the Turks and Caicos Islands ranked 10th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 6th.

In 2018, the Turks and Caicos Islands generated around 787.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 83.43 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 455 US dollars.

Development of the tourism sector on the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered on the Turks and Caicos 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 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 on the Turks and Caicos Islands

Revenues from tourism

In 2001, tourism revenues amounted to 311.00 million USD, or about 86.69 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 166,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,873 USD per person. Within 17 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $787.00 million billion, 70.70 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $538 on their vacation on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Full figures for 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are not currently available. However, national and international travel has been restricted worldwide, and some countries have even been closed off from the outside world altogether. Dramatic revenue losses are expected, with some countries experiencing losses of up to more than 80%.

Tourism receipts on the Turks and Caicos Islands per year

All data for the Turks and Caicos Islands in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2020370,399.99
20191.60 m
20181.46 m787.00 m $70.70 %538 $
20171.24 m571.00 m $55.85 %459 $
20161.30 m706.00 m $68.38 %545 $
20151.32 m619.00 m $65.71 %470 $
20141.33 m584.00 m $69.44 %439 $
20131.07 m
2012968,000
20111.01 m
2010899,000
2009865,000
2008757,000
2007265,000
2006248,000
2005176,000
2004173,000
2003164,000
2002155,000292.00 m $79.63 %1,884 $
2001166,000311.00 m $86.69 %1,873 $
2000152,000285.00 m $1,875 $
1999121,000238.00 m $1,967 $
1998111,000157.00 m $1,414 $
199793,000113.00 m $1,215 $
199688,00099.00 m $1,125 $
199579,00053.00 m $671 $


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

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