Tourism on the Virgin Islands

the Virgin Islands recorded a total of 381,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 148th 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 Virgin Islands, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.6 tourists per resident, the Virgin Islands ranked 20th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 7th.

The Virgin Islands generated around 1.05 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 27.13 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector on the Virgin Islands from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered on the Virgin 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 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 on the Virgin Islands

Revenues in tourism

In 2002, tourism revenues amounted to 1.20 billion USD, or about 36.56 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 520,000 tourists at that time and roughly 2,298 USD per person. Within 15 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.20 billion USD, accounting for 31.18 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,247 USD for his holiday on the Virgin Islands.

Tourism receipts on the Virgin Islands per year

All data for the Virgin Islands in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995454,000822.00 m $1,811 $
1996373,000781.00 m $2,094 $
1997393,000894.00 m $2,275 $
1998422,000941.00 m $2,230 $
1999484,000955.00 m $1,973 $
2000546,0001.21 bn $2,209 $
2001527,0001.23 bn $2,342 $
2002520,0001.20 bn $36.56 %2,298 $
2003538,0001.26 bn $36.40 %2,336 $
2004563,0001.36 bn $35.69 %2,409 $
2005594,0001.43 bn $32.26 %2,411 $
2006571,0001.47 bn $32.59 %2,571 $
2007587,0001.51 bn $31.50 %2,578 $
2008574,0001.16 bn $27.22 %2,016 $
2009563,0001.02 bn $24.29 %1,813 $
2010572,0001.22 bn $28.19 %2,138 $
2011567,0001.12 bn $26.47 %1,979 $
2012619,0001.21 bn $29.55 %1,955 $
2013590,0001.17 bn $31.05 %1,980 $
2014615,0001.32 bn $36.42 %2,145 $
2015642,0001.32 bn $35.33 %2,062 $
2016667,0001.34 bn $34.77 %2,013 $
2017535,0001.20 bn $31.18 %2,247 $
2018381,0001.05 bn $2,745 $


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