Tourism in Tonga

Tonga recorded a total of 54,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 190th 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 0.52 tourists per resident, Tonga ranked 89th in the world. In Polynesia, it ranked 3rd.

Tonga generated around 48.10 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 10.68 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 796 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Tonga from 1995 to 2018

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 million USD, or about 4.9 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 29,000 tourists at that time and roughly 345 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 48.10 million USD, accounting for 10.68 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 891 USD for his holiday in Tonga.

Tourism receipts in Tonga per year

All data for Tonga in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199529,00010.00 m $4.9 %345 $
199627,00013.00 m $5.9 %481 $
199726,00016.00 m $7.5 %615 $
199827,0008.00 m $4.2 %296 $
199931,0009.00 m $4.6 %290 $
200035,0007.00 m $3.5 %200 $
200132,0006.80 m $3.8 %213 $
200237,0005.90 m $3.2 %159 $
200340,00010.30 m $5.1 %258 $
200441,00013.10 m $5.7 %320 $
200542,00015.00 m $5.7 %357 $
200639,00015.70 m $5.3 %403 $
200746,00015.20 m $5.1 %330 $
200850,00018.00 m $5.2 %360 $
200945,70018.40 m $5.8 %403 $
201047,10017.30 m $4.7 %367 $
201146,00032.50 m $7.7 %707 $
201247,40040.00 m $8.5 %844 $
201348,20047.00 m $10.43 %975 $
201450,40038.30 m $8.6 %760 $
201553,80046.40 m $10.66 %862 $
201659,10052.70 m $13.14 %892 $
201762,50048.50 m $11.27 %776 $
201854,00048.10 m $10.68 %891 $


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