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Visitor Arrivals Note Slight Change In January Stats

"Over the past six decades, tour­ism has experienced continued expansion and diversification to become one of the largest and fast­est-growing economic sectors."
09 Mar 2019 15:20
Visitor Arrivals Note Slight Change In January Stats

Tourism is an important eco­nomic activity in most coun­tries around the world.

Over the past six decades, tour­ism has experienced continued expansion and diversification to become one of the largest and fast­est-growing economic sectors.

Tourism Ranking

As a worldwide export category, tourism ranks third after chemi­cals and fuels and ahead of auto­motive products and food.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest annual research, in conjunction with Ox­ford Economics, the Travel & Tour­ism’s contribution to world GDP outpaced the global economy for the eighth consecutive year in 2018.

Similarly for us, tourism industry has become Fiji’s largest source of foreign exchange earnings.

It provides vital support to our Balance of Payment and is reflect­ed in the level of foreign reserves we hold.

Statistic check

Provisional numbers released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics show that visitor arrivals for January 2019 totalled 63,807, an increase of 1.9 per cent compared to a year earlier.

Looking at the purpose of visits, visitors arriving for holiday pur­poses accounted for 73.8 per cent of total arrivals, 8.7 per cent came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.0 per cent came for business purpos­es, while 14.5 per cent visited Fiji for other reasons.

In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending January 2019, the total number of visitors to Fiji in­creased by 3.7 per centcompared with the same period in 2018.

The moving six months to Janu­ary 2019, showed that visitor arriv­als increased by 2.8 per cent over the corresponding period in 2018, up from 442,738 to 455,073.

The majority of visitors to Fiji in January 2019 were in the age range 25-64 (61.9 per cent), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population.

Children aged 14 and below ac­counted for 18.6 per cent of the January visitor arrivals; 13.0 per cent were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 6.5 per cent com­prising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Fiji’s earnings from tourism in 2018 stood at $2,010.3 million. Earn­ings went up by 4.5 per cent ($86.0 million) when compared to the 2017 figure of $1,924.3 million.

The December quarter of 2018 earnings from tourism stood at $522.9 million.

This was an increase of 1.9 per cent ($9.9 million) over the Decem­ber quarter of 2017.

Apart from income generation and job creation, tourism sector greatly impacts the level of infra­structure development and allows the country to display the mul­titude of cultural diversity and range of products and services.

Although not all the contribution from tourism sector can be readily quantified, it does show its magni­tude of impact on the growth and general advancement of our do­mestic economy

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj




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