PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - June 2015

FBoS Release No.40, 2015    

17th July, 2015

 


 

Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for June 2015 reached a record 72,525, an increase of 13.8% compared to a year earlier. 

 

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [2,848 or 8.7% to 35,695]; New Zealand [2,389 or 19.4% to 14,719]; Pacific Islands [1,413 or 49.7% to 4,255]; China [1,237 or 66.6% to 3,094]; the United States of America [1,233 or 18.1% to 8,063]; Other Countries [144 or 55.4% to 404]; Japan [81 or 19.3% to 501]; Continental Europe [68 or 2.9% to 2,389]; the United Kingdom [56 or 4.6% to 1,273] and South Korea [36 or 7.8% to 496].

 

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from Rest of Asia [down 388 or 29.6% to 924] and Canada [down 313 or 30.5% to 712].

 

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 79.1% of total arrivals, 6.3% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.5% came for business purposes, while 11.1% visited Fiji for other reasons.

 

Table 1 below presents actual numbers and the 2015 and 2014 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of June, January to June and 12 months to June 2015.  

 

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 June 2015 and 2014.

 

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending June 2015, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 7.5% compared with the same period in 2014. Visitors from China increased by 38.0%; South Korea [37.7%]; Rest of Asia [24.1%]; Pacific Islands [15.3%]; New Zealand [14.8%]; the United States of America [12.7%]; Australia [2.5%] and Continental Europe [0.3%].

 

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Canada [8.6%]; Japan [7.5%]; the United Kingdom [3.6%] and Other Countries [0.7%].

 

January to June visitor arrivals in 2015 showed a 8.7% increase over the corresponding period in 2014, up from 308,611 to 335,517.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to June 2015 and 2014 is provided in Figure 2 below.  The twelve monthly comparisons is provided in Figure 3.

 

Figure 2

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Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in June 2015 were in the age range 25-64 (62.8%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 17.7% of the June visitor arrivals; 12% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.5% 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,  25-29,  45-49,  50-54 and 65+ ;

 

Figure 4

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For further enquiries please contact Mr. Jovesa Tagivakatini or Ms. Kiran Naidu on 3315822 ext 386223 and 386221 respectively.

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