Like on most Caribbean islands the Dutch Caribbean economy relies on international nature related tourism. Examples are diving and snorkling, hiking in the forests, wind-surfing, or kayaking the mangroves. To guarantee sustainable use of nature it is crucial to monitor and understand pressures, like tourism.


High numbers of tourists are not a new phenomenon on Bonaire. The numbers of annual tourists exceeded the island population size as early as 1976. Since then, the numbers of tourists have grown exponentially. Today, the annual tourist numbers exceed the local population size by a factor of 25.

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Data provided by: Central Bureau of Statistics Curaçao, Statistics Netherlands

Data analysis by: Wageningen University and Research, in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands, after Verweij et al, (2020)


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