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Tourism on the Virgin Islands

the Virgin Islands recorded a total of 9 million tourists in 2020, ranking 24th 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 81.02 tourists per resident, the Virgin Islands ranked 1st in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 1st.

The Virgin Islands generated around 686.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 16.86 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 9 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2020 spent about 67 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector on the Virgin Islands from 1995 to 2020

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.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. 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 36.63 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.34 million tourists at that time and roughly 511 USD per person. Within 17 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.03 billion USD, accounting for 25.34 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 497 USD for his holiday on the Virgin Islands.

Tourism receipts on the Virgin Islands per year

All data for the Virgin Islands in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20208.61 m686.00 m $80 $
20192.07 m1.03 bn $25.34 %497 $
20181.92 m993.00 m $25.46 %517 $
20171.95 m1.20 bn $31.68 %615 $
20162.57 m1.34 bn $35.36 %522 $
20152.64 m1.32 bn $36.15 %501 $
20142.81 m1.32 bn $37.00 %469 $
20132.70 m1.17 bn $31.25 %432 $
20122.64 m1.21 bn $29.59 %458 $
20112.69 m1.12 bn $26.57 %418 $
20102.53 m1.22 bn $28.28 %483 $
20092.25 m1.02 bn $24.30 %455 $
20082.44 m1.16 bn $27.26 %475 $
20072.61 m1.51 bn $31.63 %581 $
20062.57 m1.47 bn $32.74 %571 $
20052.60 m1.43 bn $32.34 %550 $
20042.62 m1.36 bn $35.71 %518 $
20032.40 m1.26 bn $36.51 %525 $
20022.34 m1.20 bn $36.63 %511 $
20012.50 m1.23 bn $494 $
20002.40 m1.21 bn $503 $
19991.96 m955.00 m $486 $
19982.14 m941.00 m $440 $
19972.13 m894.00 m $420 $
19961.78 m781.00 m $439 $
19951.74 m822.00 m $472 $


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

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