Visitor Arrivals

FBoS Release No: 58, 2017
18th September, 2017


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for August 2017 totaled 82,316, a record for the month of August and represented an increase of 7.8% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [2,459 or 11.9% to 23,106]; Australia [1,959 or 6.3% to 32,908]; the United States of America [868 or 13.8% to 7,165]; Pacific Islands [366 or 9.2% to 4,330]; Rest of Asia [350 or 19.9% to 2,112]; Canada [162 or 14.4% to 1,290]; Other Countries [71 or 24.2% to 364]; Japan [48 or 6.1% to 836] and South Korea [40 or 6.3% to 672].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from the United Kingdom [down 179 or 12.1% to 1,296]; China [down 170 or 3.4% to 4,816] and Continental Europe [down 5 or 0.1% to 3,421].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 75.2% of total arrivals, 7.4% came to visit their friends or relatives, 4.2% came for business purposes, while 13.2% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table1 below presents actual numbers and the 2017 and 2016 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of August, January to August and 12 months to August 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 August 2017 and 2016.

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending August 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 6.1% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [27.1%]; New Zealand [15.0%]; the United States of America [12.0%]; Canada [10.0%]; South Korea [9.8%]; Continental Europe [5.7%]; Pacific Islands [4.6%] China [3.7]; Japan [3.1%] and Australia [0.9%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [6.1%] and the United Kingdom [0.3%].

January to August visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 6.5% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 511,760 to 545,110.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to August 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 August 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (67.0%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 15.9% of the August visitor arrivals; 9.2% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over with the remaining and 7.9% comprising were youths aged 15-24.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 20-24, 25-29, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 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 –16,277
  2. Legislators –12,294
  3. Technician and Related Workers –7,478
  4. Service Workers – 6,857
  5. Craft Workers – 3,998

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

  1. Students – 12,157
  2. Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 17,850

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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