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What Our Provisional Visitor Arrivals For September Say

Fiji is renowned for its tourism services and yields a lot of growth from this industry. Tourism has exploded since the 1980s and is the leading economic activity in the
05 Nov 2016 11:00
What Our Provisional Visitor Arrivals For September Say

Fiji is renowned for its tourism services and yields a lot of growth from this industry.

Tourism has exploded since the 1980s and is the leading economic activity in the islands.

With this, it is vital for our country to keep track of the performance of our tourism industry and highlight any movements on a monthly and annual basis.

Our major arrivals are Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Pacific Islands, Continental Europe and China.

 

Arrivals

Arrivals in Fiji for September 2016 has decreased by 0.1 per cent to 71,758 compared to the same month in 2015.

Arrivals between January to September 2016 has increased by 4.2 per cent to 583,518 compared to the same period in 2015.

The arrivals for the moving 12 months to September 2016 has increased by 5.2 per cent to 778,174 compared to the same period in 2015.

Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by 33.2%; China [24.4%]; South Korea [19.5%]; New Zealand [14.7%].

Also increases were noted from Continental Europe [4.3%]; Pacific Islands [3.9%]; the United States of America [3.7%]; Japan [2.9%] and the United Kingdom [0.8%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [32.1%]; Canada [2.8%] and Australia [0.1%].

Purpose of visits

Analysis by purpose shows that 79% of visitors came for holidays, 10% for other purposes, 7% to visit family and friends and 4% for business purpose.

The majority of visitors to Fiji in September 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (65.1%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population.

Children aged 14 and below accounted for 19.0% of the September visitor arrivals; 8.8% comprising youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.1% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

nThis is an informative publication, sponsored by The Fiji Sun, Fiji Bureau of Statistics and HFC Bank. All views expressed or implied are purely of the Treasurer at the HFC Bank, Peter Fuata.



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