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May Visitor Arrivals Record Steady Growth

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), the tourism sector is the largest sector in the world in terms of income generation and employment creation. Over the last two decades,
10 Jun 2018 10:00
May Visitor Arrivals Record Steady Growth
Shoran Devi

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), the tourism sector is the largest sector in the world in terms of income generation and employment creation.

Over the last two decades, tourism sector has played an integral role in driving economic growth in the Pacific Island Countries, most notably in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Cook Islands.

Fiji in particular is gaining recognition as an “international brand” for many overseas travellers seeking an escape from their everyday busy schedules to enjoy the pristine tropical lifestyle.

Direct and indirect contributions

For Fiji, tourism industry’s combined direct and indirect contributions to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) averages above 30.0 per cent and the industry provides direct and indirect employment to an estimated 45,000 people.

Visitor statistics are released every month using data sourced from the immigration system.

Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for May 2018 totalled 67,290, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to a year earlier.

Australia and New Zealand being our nearest neighbours, account for more than half (65.56 per cent) of our visitor source market followed by the growing markets of US, Pacific Islands, China, Europe, Rest of Asia, UK, Canada, South Korea, Japan and others providing us with 34.44 per cent of our visitors.

In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending May 2018, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 4.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2017.

January to May 2018, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 2.1 per cent over the corresponding period in 2017, up from 296,088 to 302,329.

Over the years, the tourism industry has become Fiji’s largest source of foreign exchange earnings in comparison to earnings from other traditional industries such as sugar, fisheries, garments and forestry.

However, measuring the total size and output of the tourism industry is not as straightforward as measuring output from the other industries.

Earnings from tourism

Fiji’s earnings from tourism indicate the spending of our international visitors and is derived from an estimated average daily spend of visitors (per diem) and the total visitor days in Fiji.

In that regard, Fiji’s earnings from tourism stood at $482.5 million for the December quarter of 2017, an increase of 2.3 per cent ($11.0 million) over the December quarter of 2016. Fiji’s earnings from tourism in 2017 stood at $1,800.2 million.

It went up by 12.3 per cent ($197.3 million) when compared to the 2016 figure of $1,602.9 million.

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