Tourism in Kiribati

Kiribati recorded a total of 5,700 tourists in 2016, ranking 198th 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 Kiribati, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.049 tourists per resident, Kiribati ranked 157th in the world. In Micronesia, it ranked 6th.

Kiribati generated around 3.40 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.7 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Kiribati from 1995 to 2016

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Kiribati 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.

Tourists per year in Kiribati

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.00 million USD, or about 3.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 3,900.00 tourists at that time and roughly 513 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 3.40 million USD, accounting for 1.9 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 596 USD for his holiday in Kiribati.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Kiribati per year

All data for Kiribati in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
19953,900.002.00 m $3.6 %513 $
19964,200.002.10 m $3.2 %500 $
19975,100.002.60 m $3.8 %510 $
19985,700.003.10 m $4.7 %544 $
19995,100.002.80 m $4.1 %549 $
20004,800.002.70 m $4.0 %563 $
20014,600.003.20 m $5.1 %696 $
20024,900.00
20034,900.00
20043,400.00
20054,100.003.10 m $2.8 %756 $
20064,400.002.30 m $2.1 %523 $
20074,700.003.30 m $2.5 %702 $
20083,900.003.30 m $2.4 %846 $
20093,900.003.90 m $3.0 %1,000 $
20104,700.004.30 m $2.8 %915 $
20115,300.004.90 m $2.8 %925 $
20124,900.004.90 m $2.6 %1,000 $
20135,900.003.40 m $1.8 %576 $
20145,000.003.20 m $1.8 %640 $
20153,900.001.80 m $1.1 %462 $
20165,700.003.40 m $1.9 %596 $


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