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Tourism in New Caledonia

New Caledonia recorded a total of 31,000 tourists in 2020, ranking 189th 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 New Caledonia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.11 tourists per resident, New Caledonia ranked 115th in the world. In Melanesia, it ranked 3rd.

New Caledonia generated around 248.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 14 percent of all international tourism receipts in Melanesia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2016 spent about 1,808 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of New Caledonia spend only around 1,590 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in New Caledonia from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in New Caledonia 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 Melanesia.

Tourists per year in New Caledonia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 108.00 million USD, or about 3.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 86,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,256 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, sales took up $248.00 million billion, 2.8 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $2,138 on their vacation in New Caledonia.

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 in New Caledonia per year

All data for New Caledonia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
202031,000
2019130,000
2018120,000
2017121,000
2016116,000248.00 m $2.8 %2,138 $
2015114,000246.00 m $2.8 %2,158 $
2014107,000287.00 m $2.7 %2,682 $
2013108,000287.00 m $2.8 %2,657 $
2012112,000288.00 m $3.0 %2,571 $
2011112,000285.00 m $2.8 %2,545 $
201099,000226.00 m $2.4 %2,283 $
200999,000236.00 m $2.7 %2,384 $
2008104,000267.00 m $2.9 %2,567 $
2007103,000142.00 m $1.6 %1,379 $
2006100,000122.00 m $1.7 %1,220 $
2005101,000149.00 m $2.4 %1,475 $
2004100,000241.00 m $4.1 %2,410 $
2003102,000196.00 m $4.0 %1,922 $
2002104,000156.00 m $4.2 %1,500 $
2001101,00094.00 m $2.9 %931 $
2000110,000111.00 m $3.2 %1,009 $
1999100,000112.00 m $3.1 %1,120 $
1998104,000110.00 m $3.1 %1,058 $
1997105,000117.00 m $3.6 %1,114 $
199691,000114.00 m $3.2 %1,253 $
199586,000108.00 m $3.0 %1,256 $


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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