Tourism on the Northern Mariana Islands

the Northern Mariana Islands recorded a total of 487,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 130th 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 Northern Marianas, the result is much more comparable picture: With 9.8 tourists per resident, Northern Marianas ranked 6th in the world. In Micronesia, it ranked 1st.

In 1995, Northern Marianas generated around 655.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 55.41 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 99 percent of all international tourism receipts in Micronesia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 1995 spent about 920 US dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Northern Marianas from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Northern Marianas 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 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 6 countries in Micronesia.

Tourists per year on the Northern Mariana Islands

All data for the Northern Mariana Islands in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995676,000655.00 m $969 $

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

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