Tourism in Palau

Palau recorded a total of 94,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 187th 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 Palau, the result is much more comparable picture: With 5.2 tourists per resident, Palau ranked 26th in the world. In Micronesia, it ranked 3rd.

Palau generated around 123.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 47.73 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 82 percent of all international tourism receipts in Micronesia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2017 spent about 876 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Palau from 1995 to 2019

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

Tourists per year in Palau

Revenues in tourism

In 1998, tourism revenues amounted to 58.00 million USD, or about 49.44 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 64,000 tourists at that time and roughly 906 USD per person. Within 19 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 123.00 million USD, accounting for 43.11 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,000 USD for his holiday in Palau.

Tourism receipts in Palau per year

All data for Palau in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
2017123,000123.00 m $43.11 %1,000 $
2016138,000148.00 m $49.61 %1,072 $
2015162,000156.00 m $55.62 %963 $
2014140,000131.00 m $54.21 %936 $
2013108,000117.00 m $52.91 %1,083 $
2012120,000109.00 m $51.32 %908 $
2011111,00094.00 m $47.74 %847 $
201085,00076.00 m $41.42 %894 $
200971,00076.00 m $41.45 %1,070 $
200881,00078.00 m $39.62 %963 $
200788,00068.00 m $35.21 %773 $
200682,00060.00 m $31.91 %732 $
200581,00063.00 m $34.11 %778 $
200489,00049.00 m $29.85 %551 $
200363,00041.00 m $26.84 %651 $
200259,00040.00 m $24.70 %678 $
200154,00041.00 m $26.38 %759 $
200058,00045.00 m $31.09 %776 $
199955,00054.00 m $47.58 %982 $
199864,00058.00 m $49.44 %906 $

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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