90,108 Arrivals in FijiPosted On: Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Fiji, Wednesday 23 August 2017(Filipe Naigulevu, Fiji Times) -- FIJI's monthly visitor exceeded the 90,000 mark for the first time in July, recording a 5.1 per cent increase compared with the previous record of 85,704 set in 2016. The provisional visitor arrivals for July released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) recently stated that Fiji's visitor arrivals for the last month reached a record of 90,108 visitor arrivals, dominated by tourists. According to the data, visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 77.6 per cent of the total arrivals in July, 8.6 per cent came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.3 per cent came for business purposes while 10.5 per cent visited Fiji for other reasons.
In the same period, the FBoS also noted increases in the number of visitors from New Zealand (2072 or 8.5 per cent to 26,448), the US (1214 or 14.6 per cent to 9525), Rest of Asia (472 or 26.3 per cent to 2268) and Australia (422 or 1.2 per cent to 34,584). Decreases were however recorded in the number of visitors from China (down by 204 or 4.0 per cent to 4834), Canada (down by 74 or 5.3 per cent to 1319), other countries (down by 65 or 15.7 per cent to 349) and Japan (down by 46 or 7.5 per cent to 564).
Meanwhile, in the 12 monthly numbers ending July this year, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.7 per cent compared with the same period in 2016. The FBoS, in the 12 monthly period, recorded an increase of visitors from Rest of Asia by 28.6 per cent, New Zealand by 15.4 per cent, South Korea by 13.8 per cent, US by 12.1 per cent, Canada by 9.2 per cent, Continental Europe by 6.9 per cent including China at 5.9 per cent.
In the same 12 month period, decreases were noted in the arrivals from Pacific Islands by 13.1 per cent and Australia, one of Fiji major tourist markets, by 0.2 per cent. January to July visitor arrivals this year also showed a 6.3 per cent increased over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 435,413 to 462,794. (Fiji Times)