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Numbers Show Record Visitor Arrivals In January

Provisional numbers released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics showed record visitor arrivals noted for January this year. A record 57,747 visitors were noted, an increase of 15 per cent
23 Feb 2016 10:56

Provisional numbers released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics showed record visitor arrivals noted for January this year.

A record 57,747 visitors were noted, an increase of 15 per cent compared to a year earlier when 50,225 visitor arrivals were recorded.

Over half of the arrivals were from Australia which itself noted 13.6 per cent increase.

The first three months of the year are usually the slowest period and for our industry to record the increase, is a major plus.

However, in light of the recent Tropical Cyclone Winston which has badly hit the Western Division and outer islands, we may not be seeing such big increases in the coming months.

Nadi, our tourism hub, got spared from the full brunt of Winston, however, there are resort properties as especially in Rakiraki which have been damaged.

If what observations have been is true, then it is believed some resorts may be permanently closed due to the severity of the damage to the properties.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, has stressed the setback from Tropical Cyclone Winston will not curb the enthusiasm and the warm hospitality Fiji is renowned for.

He has also confirmed there are no reports of any significant structural damage to the majority of hotels in Viti Levu except some properties in the Rakiraki area.

All visitors have escaped unharmed from the havoc created by Tropical Cyclone Winston on Saturday and early hours of Sunday.

Whilst Cyclone Winston caused extensive damage to the communications infrastructure affecting mobile and internet communications in some parts of Fiji, Mr Koya said communication was active in Suva, Nadi, Denarau and along the Coral Coast.

As flights resumed yesterday, there remained disgruntled customers who could not get through to airline representatives.

This is a time for understanding and not carrying on with ranting over customer service. These airline personnel have been working around the clock to ensure smooth transition during this very difficult phase.

 

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