Open Data shows twenty years of growth and change in Tourism

The data now available on includes key tourism indicators from 1999 to 2017. These show how tourism to Saint Lucia has grown and changed over the last twenty years.

First, the number of tourists staying on the island each year has risen by 46% from only just over 250,000 in 1999 to nearly 400,000 in 2017. Saint Lucia is clearly becoming more attractive as a high quality tourist destination.

Arrival of Stayovers

However the length of stay is becoming a bit shorter – from between 9.5 and 10.5 days in the first half of the last decade to below 9 days from 2007 – although the length of stays picked up in 2015 and 2016.

Length of Stay

Where are these tourists coming from? The dataset “Arrivals By Country of Origin” shows distinct trends: while the number of tourists from the United Kingdom staying on the island has remained steady at around 75,000 a year, the number from the United States has doubled since 1999. What’s more, tourists arrival from Canada, although lower than the United States, have risen by 223% over the same period.

Arrivals By Country

What also emerges from the data on Visitor expenditures is that not only are more tourists coming to Saint Lucia but they are each spending more. Tourist spending by “stay overs” (excluding cruise passengers) is now 400% of what it was in 2001. That means that each tourist is spending over double what they did 17 years ago.

Visitor Expenditure

Looking at yacht arrivals, Saint Lucia’s Open Data shows how much more attractive Saint Lucia has become as a yachting destination. In 2000 there were 16,069 yacht arrivals, yet by 2015 this had risen to 56,799 – an increase of over 250%.

Yacht Arrivals

Saint Lucia’s Open Data shows that, whether by plane or by yacht, more people are coming to enjoy what Saint Lucia has to offer.