Tourism in American Samoa

American Samoa recorded a total of 52,700 tourists in 2019, ranking 193rd 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 American Samoa, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.95 tourists per resident, American Samoa ranked 71st in the world. In Polynesia, it ranked 2nd.

American Samoa generated around 22.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.1 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 9 percent of all international tourism receipts in Polynesia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2017 spent about 455 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in American Samoa from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in American Samoa 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 5 countries in Polynesia.

Tourists per year in American Samoa

Revenues in tourism

In 2016, tourism revenues amounted to 22.00 million USD, or about 3.3 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 38,300.00 tourists at that time and roughly 574 USD per person. Within 1 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 22.00 million USD, accounting for 3.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 520 USD for his holiday in American Samoa.

Tourism receipts in American Samoa per year

All data for American Samoa in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201742,300.0022.00 m $3.6 %520 $
201638,300.0022.00 m $3.3 %574 $

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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