Tourism in New Caledonia

New Caledonia recorded a total of 120,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 177th 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 0.42 tourists per resident, New Caledonia ranked 98th in the world. In Melanesia, it ranked 2nd.

New Caledonia generated around 248.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 9.2 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 1,910 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of New Caledonia spend only around 1,680 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in New Caledonia from 1995 to 2018

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 5 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 111.00 million USD, accounting for 4.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,009 USD for his holiday in New Caledonia.

Tourism receipts in New Caledonia per year

All data for New Caledonia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199586,000108.00 m $3.0 %1,256 $
199691,000114.00 m $3.2 %1,253 $
1997105,000117.00 m $3.6 %1,114 $
1998104,000110.00 m $3.5 %1,058 $
1999100,000112.00 m $3.7 %1,120 $
2000110,000111.00 m $4.1 %1,009 $
2001101,00094.00 m $931 $
2002104,000156.00 m $1,500 $
2003102,000196.00 m $1,922 $
2004100,000241.00 m $2,410 $
2005101,000149.00 m $1,475 $
2006100,000122.00 m $1,220 $
2007103,000142.00 m $1,379 $
2008104,000267.00 m $2,567 $
200999,000236.00 m $2,384 $
201099,000226.00 m $2,283 $
2011112,000285.00 m $2,545 $
2012112,000288.00 m $2,571 $
2013108,000287.00 m $2,657 $
2014107,000287.00 m $2,682 $
2015114,000246.00 m $2,158 $
2016116,000248.00 m $2,138 $

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

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