Visitor Arrivals

FBoS Release No: 41, 2017

16th August, 2017


Monthly visitor arrivals exceeded the 90,000 mark for the first time in July 2017. The 90,108 visitor arrival number was 5.1% higher than the previous record of 85,704 set a year ago.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [2,072 or 8.5% to 26,448]; the United States of America [1,214 or 14.6% to 9,525]; Rest of Asia [472 or 26.3% to 2,268]; Australia [422 or 1.2% to 34,584]; Continental Europe [306 or 11.3% to 3,006]; the United Kingdom [278 or 16.5% to 1,961]; South Korea [23 or 3.4% to 703] and Pacific Islands [6 or 0.1% to 4,547].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from China [down 204 or 4.0% to 4,834]; Canada [down 74 or 5.3% to 1,319]; Other Countries [down 65 or 15.7% to 349] and Japan [down 46 or 7.5% to 564].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 77.6% of total arrivals, 8.6% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.3% came for business purposes, while 10.5% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending July 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.7% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [28.6%]; New Zealand [15.4%]; South Korea [13.8%]; the United States of America [12.1%]; Canada [9.2%]; Continental Europe [6.9%]; China [5.9]; Other Countries [3.6%]; Japan [2.9%] and the United Kingdom [1.3%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Pacific Islands [13.1%] and Australia [0.2%].

January to July visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 6.3% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 435,413 to 462,794.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to July 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 July 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (61.4%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 19.0% of the July visitor arrivals; 12.4% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.2% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 15-19, 20-24, 30-34, 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 –16,988
  2. Legislators –12,218
  3. Technician and Related Workers –7,479
  4. Service Workers – 6,263
  5. Craft Workers – 3,449

 

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

  1. Students –22,775
  2. Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 15,838

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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