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Tourism in Tuvalu

Tuvalu recorded a total of 2,700 tourists in 2018, ranking 203rd 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 Tuvalu, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.23 tourists per resident, Tuvalu ranked 128th in the world. In Polynesia, it ranked 5th.

Tuvalu generated around 2.40 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.9 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 0 percent of all international tourism receipts in Polynesia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2013 spent about 1,616 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Tuvalu from 1995 to 2018

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

Tourists per year in Tuvalu

Revenues in tourism

In 2005, tourism revenues amounted to 1.20 m USD, or about 5.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1,100.00 tourists at that time and roughly 1,091 USD per person. Within 8 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.40 m USD, accounting for 6.4 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,846 USD for his holiday in Tuvalu.

Tourism receipts in Tuvalu per year

All data for Tuvalu in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20182,700.00
20172,500
20162,500
20152,400.00
20141,400.00
20131,300.002.40 m $6.4 %1,846 $
20121,100.002.70 m $7.2 %2,455 $
20111,200.002.40 m $6.2 %2,000 $
20101,700.002.40 m $7.5 %1,412 $
20091,600.001.50 m $5.5 %937 $
20081,700.001.90 m $6.3 %1,118 $
20071,100.001.50 m $5.5 %1,364 $
20061,100.001.20 m $5.2 %1,091 $
20051,100.001.20 m $5.5 %1,091 $
20041,300.00
20031,400.00
20021,300.00
20011,100.00
20001,100.00
19991,100.00
19981,000
19971,000
19961,000
1995900.00


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

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