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19,000 Kiwis Visit Fiji Since NZ Border Opening

Mr Koya said New Zealand was one of the fastest growing sources of international arrivals with over 200,000 Kiwis visiting Fiji in 2019.
21 Jun 2022 16:45
19,000 Kiwis Visit Fiji Since NZ Border Opening
Tourists enjoying time out at one of the many resorts spread across the many islands that make up Fiji. Photo: www.hideawayholidays.com.au/travel-blog/fijian-language/

Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner across the Pacific Islands, and the only country in the region to be amongst its top 20 trading partners, Trade minister, Faiyaz Koya, said on Monday.

He arrived straight off a 30-plus hour flight from Geneva, to attend the New Zealand Fiji Business Council trade mission in Suva.

Mr Koya said New Zealand was one of the fastest growing sources of international arrivals with over 200,000 Kiwis visiting Fiji in 2019.

 

“New Zealand was Fiji’s second largest tourist market,” he said.

“Prior to the pandemic, our total two way trade was worth $898.07 million,” Mr Koya said.

“Fiji exports to New Zealand were worth $162 million, largely underpinned by exports of fresh produce, pharmaceutical products and garments.”

 

But the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in a decline in two-way trade by 9.37%, which fell to $813.90 million in 2021, Mr Koya said.

“Visitor arrivals declined by 97.9% to 532 visitors, and tourism earnings declined by 91.22% to $0.4 million, respectively,” he said.

Since the New Zealand Government reopened its borders in April this year, 19,169 Kiwis have travelled to Fiji, Mr Koya said.

The Fiji trade mission is the first in-person since 2019.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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