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Tourism in Tonga

Tonga recorded a total of 94,000 tourists in 2019, ranking 188th 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 Tonga, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.89 tourists per resident, Tonga ranked 73rd in the world. In Polynesia, it ranked 4th.

Tonga generated around 57.10 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 11.14 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 22 percent of all international tourism receipts in Polynesia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 532 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Tonga from 1995 to 2019

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

Tourists per year in Tonga

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 10.00 m USD, or about 4.9 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 33,000 tourists at that time and roughly 303 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 57.10 m USD, accounting for 11.14 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 607 USD for his holiday in Tonga.

Tourism receipts in Tonga per year

All data for Tonga in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201994,00057.10 m $11.14 %607 $
201877,300.0048.10 m $9.8 %622 $
201786,600.0048.50 m $10.53 %560 $
201686,700.0052.70 m $12.53 %608 $
201572,600.0046.40 m $10.62 %639 $
201465,800.0038.30 m $8.7 %582 $
201359,700.0047.00 m $10.43 %787 $
201257,200.0040.00 m $8.5 %699 $
201168,400.0032.50 m $7.8 %475 $
201065,00017.30 m $4.7 %266 $
200974,700.0018.40 m $5.8 %246 $
200865,00018.00 m $5.2 %277 $
200765,00015.20 m $5.1 %234 $
200654,00015.70 m $5.3 %291 $
200560,00015.00 m $5.7 %250 $
200451,00013.10 m $5.7 %257 $
200351,00010.30 m $5.1 %202 $
200245,0005.90 m $3.2 %131 $
200138,0006.80 m $3.8 %179 $
200043,0007.00 m $3.5 %163 $
199944,0009.00 m $4.6 %205 $
199835,0008.00 m $4.2 %229 $
199729,00016.00 m $7.5 %552 $
199631,00013.00 m $5.9 %419 $
199533,00010.00 m $4.9 %303 $


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

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