Tourism in Vanuatu

Vanuatu recorded a total of 116,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 178th 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 Vanuatu, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.40 tourists per resident, Vanuatu ranked 102nd in the world. In Melanesia, it ranked 3rd.

Vanuatu generated around 325.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 35.55 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Vanuatu from 1995 to 2018

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

Tourists per year in Vanuatu

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 45.00 million USD, or about 19.24 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 44,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,023 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 325.00 million USD, accounting for 35.55 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,802 USD for his holiday in Vanuatu.

Tourism receipts in Vanuatu per year

All data for Vanuatu in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199544,00045.00 m $19.24 %1,023 $
199646,00056.00 m $22.84 %1,217 $
199750,00053.00 m $20.71 %1,060 $
199852,00072.00 m $27.45 %1,385 $
199951,00059.00 m $22.02 %1,157 $
200058,00069.00 m $25.37 %1,190 $
200153,00058.00 m $22.49 %1,094 $
200249,00072.00 m $27.42 %1,469 $
200350,00083.00 m $26.39 %1,660 $
200461,00093.00 m $25.48 %1,525 $
200562,000104.00 m $26.33 %1,677 $
200668,000109.00 m $24.81 %1,603 $
200781,000142.00 m $26.97 %1,753 $
200890,500188.00 m $30.92 %2,077 $
2009100,700214.00 m $35.08 %2,125 $
201097,200242.00 m $34.53 %2,490 $
201194,000249.00 m $31.43 %2,649 $
2012108,200268.00 m $34.28 %2,477 $
2013110,000314.00 m $39.16 %2,855 $
2014109,000284.00 m $34.85 %2,606 $
201590,000254.00 m $33.43 %2,822 $
201695,100275.00 m $34.19 %2,892 $
2017109,000289.00 m $32.84 %2,651 $
2018116,000325.00 m $35.55 %2,802 $


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