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Pitcairn has been on budgetary aid from the UK Government since 2004 when its accumulated reserves, used to offset ever increasing losses since the turn of the 21st century, were extinguished. In those days Pitcairn responded to reducing revenue from philately and the PN Domain Name by reducing essential services, including infrastructure, and significant funds were needed to bring things to an even keel.
While Pitcairn does well in exports of Honey, using its point of difference as one of the purest honeys in the world Pitcairn’s economy is increasingly dependent on tourism.

Pitcairn’s attractiveness as a tourist destination is becoming increasingly obvious with significant increases in yacht and cruise ship traffic and demand for limited passenger availability on the government supply ship Claymore II. In short Tourism provides Pitcairn with real opportunities for greater economic sustainability for both the government and Pitcairn’s private sector.


There is much to offer potential tourists to Pitcairn: From its Polynesian pre-history to its Bounty heritage, to the island group’s endemic birds, unique flora and fauna, pristine oceans and the opportunity to create a sustainable green and blue economy, without damaging the unique biodiversity with which the Pitcairn Islands have been blessed.

In line with increased tourism activity Pitcairn’s local population is becoming increasingly aware of the need for a service culture and benefits significantly from increased sales of a variety of locally made curios, jewellry and souvenirs and imported items such as t shirts and caps.

It is estimated that gross sales are worth between US$6000 and US$10,000 per family, per annum. This will continue to increase in line with increased visitor numbers. Increased money supply on Island supplements small government salaries and enables bills to be paid. Increased home stay opportunities now provide significant revenue, by local standards, to home stay providers e.g. US$39,870 in the 2015.

Development of an upgraded road system with a priority a concrete road from the new landing facility at Tedside to the square at Adamstown on the other side of the Island will provide easier and safer transportation of landed passengers. The soon to be implemented re development of the town square will provide upgraded infrastructure and facilities to support local development and enhancement of visitor experience. In tandem with the increase in private sector development, as a result of increased tourism, government revenue will also increase significantly

Maintaining a careful balance between the environmental, economic and socio-cultural benefits and risks associated with island tourism has been and will continue to be necessary to ensuring tourism is built with care, for long term sustainability.

By way of context it must be noted that until 2011 Pitcairn was not marketed internationally as a tourist destination and its tourism infra structure was minimal. This coupled with the island’s isolation, its past history of child sexual offending, its tiny population and even smaller workforce, made the very notion of building a vibrant economy based on tourism seem an insurmountable challenge.

None the less the Pitcairn Islands Tourism Department was established in 2010. Given the island’s unique challenges the new department adopted a gentle, phased and managed approach to sector development throughout the implementation of its first 5 year Tourism Development Plan, successfully delivered between 2011– 2015.

The first 2 years of the 2011 – 2015 plan focused on establishing and improving tourism products and services, increasing manageable numbers of landed visitors and operationalising a Marketing Action Plan, developed in collaboration with a DFID funded marketing consultant. The Tourism Department focused on maximising existing resources, building key local and international collaborations and developing new and existing travel trade networks & contacts. Years 3-5 focused on maintaining outcomes and exploring and implementing new models to stimulate local engagement, build capacity and raise international consumer and trade interest.

Pitcairn Islands Tourism Web Site

Planning a holiday to “Legendary Pitcairn Island” find out all the information you need.

Government Employment

The Pitcairn Islands economy currently relies on Government employment which is provided by budgetary aid from the UK. Tourism was identified in 2009 as the key driver of developing a private sector economy, crucial for the long term sustainability for Pitcairn.

There is no unemployment on Pitcairn. All adults receive a part-time wage of some kind from government employment or pensions.

Pitcairn has a micro economy therefore one the government’s goals is to increase the number of landed passengers from cruise ships so as to generate funds and assist in the development of the economy. Pitcairn is now experiencing a growth in the tourism sector. Cruise ships are booking a year or two in advance and over the past 2 years we have seen an increase in visiting cruise ships from 10 in previous years to now 17 for 2014/2015.

European Union Projects Employment

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Over the past several years the European Union has identified Pitcairn as a worthy recipient of development funds. These projects provide additional project based employment for the local workforce.

EDF 9 funds have been allocated to the construction of an alternative harbour at Tedside, on the western side of the island, which is now underway.

EDF 10 funds have been allocated to Tourism infrastructure development, focusing on ship to shore passenger transport as well as upgrading the town square buildings and facilities, refurbishing the General Store, concreting roads within the Adamstown area and completing the concrete road from Tedside to Big Ridge.

The proposed focal sector for EDF 11 is Infrastructure and Economic Development to support and compliment EDF 9 and EDF 10. Both Infrastructure and Economic development will continue to support and further develop Pitcairn’s Tourism into a robust and sustainable industry to capitalise on Pitcairn’s rich history, flora, fauna and marine life.

Private Sector

Every household on Pitcairn produces a wide selection of sought after souvenirs for cruise ships and visitor markets. Local entrepreneurs also provide cruise ships with locally sourced produce and fish. Many locals also offer accommodation for visitors to Pitcairn. The Island also sustains small cottage industries which access international markets online via the internet. A local startup take away Pizzeria is in operation.
There is plenty of scope for new ventures.


There are many cottage industries on Pitcairn that export goods internationally. Products range from Caps, T-Shirts, Jewellery, Carvings, Stamps, Postcards, Books, Handmade soaps and cosmetics, Coffee, Dried Fruit, Tapa Cloth and of course Pitcairn’s gold star award winning pure tropical Honey.
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Pitcairn Honey and Honey Products

Simply the very best - Pitcairn Island pure Honey. The rich and intense fruitiness of Pitcairn Island Honey flows from the nectar of the Mango, Lata, Passion Fruit, Guava and Rose Apple Flowers found in abundance on Pitcairn.