Visitor Arrivals

FBoS Release No.23, 2017

17th May, 2017


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for April 2017 reached a record 68,495, an increase of 17.8% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [3,761 or 13.8% to 30,951]; New Zealand [2,462 or 21.7% 13,804]; the United States of America [1,384 or 30.5% to 5,922]; Continental Europe [934 or 37.1% to 3,450]; Rest of Asia [595 or 31.1% to 2,507]; Pacific Islands [403 or 11.4% to 3,928]; China [332 or 9.4% to 3,875]; Canada [281 or 34.4% to 1,099]; Japan [94 or 25.2 to 467]; Other Countries [74 or 22.1% to 409] and South Korea [38 or 6.4% to 634].

The only decrease was recorded for visitors from the United Kingdom [down 22 or 1.5% to 1,449].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 76.2% of total arrivals, 9.0% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.9% came for business purposes, while 10.9% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table 1 below presents actual numbers and the 2017 and 2016 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of April, January to April and 12 months to April 2017.

Table 1

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Note: Visitor statistics are released monthly using data sourced from the Immigration System. The number of tables released is currently due to limitations in the new system which came on line in April 2013.

Figure 1 below is a graphical comparison of Visitor Arrivals by Country for April 2017 and 2016.

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending April 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.1% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [35.6%]; South Korea [22.1%]; New Zealand [15.9%]; China [10.6%]; the United States of America [10.0%]; Continental Europe [6.5%]; Japan [5.7%]; Canada [5.3%]; Pacific Islands [3.5%] and the United Kingdom [0.8%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [14.4%] and Australia [1.8%].

January to April visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 7.4% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 215,228 to 231,721.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to April 2017 and 2016 is provided in Figure 2 below. The twelve monthly comparisons are provided in Figure 3.

Figure 2

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Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in April 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (64.9%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.8% of the April visitor arrivals; 10.7% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.6% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 20-24, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54 and 65+;

Figure 4

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Visitors by Occupation

The top 5 Occupational Groups for visitors engaged in gainful employment in their home countries are as follows;

  1. Professional Workers – 12,716
  2. Legislators – 9,420
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 6,315
  4. Craft Workers – 3,721

 

Visitors who are not in the labour force were categorised into two major groups. The categories and numbers are as follows;

  1. Students – 13,507
  2. Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 12,104

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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