PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - September 2015

FBoS Release No.70, 2015
16th October, 2015

Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for September 2015 reached a record 71,836 an increase of 12.2% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [2,341 or 6.8% to 36,913]; New Zealand [2,289 or 17.2% to 15,559]; China [1,557 or 62.1% to 4,063]; Pacific Islands [984 or 34.7% to 3,823]; the United States of America [243 or 5.4% to 4,739]; Rest of Asia [142 or 12.3% to 1,298]; Other Countries [97 or 28.0% to 444]; South Korea [68 or 14.5% to 538]; Continental Europe [66 or 3.3% to 2,096]; Japan [39 or 6.2% to 665] and Canada [8 or 1.2% to 668].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from the United Kingdom [down 51 or 4.7% to 1,030].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 81.8% of total arrivals, 4.5% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.5% came for business purposes, while 10.2% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table1 below presents actual numbers and the 2015 and 2014 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of September, January to September and 12 months to September 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 September 2015 and 2014.

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending September 2015, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 9.0% compared with the same period in 2014. Visitors from China increased by 46.0%; South Korea [34.1%]; Pacific Islands [24.5%]; Rest of Asia [22.1%]; New Zealand [14.3%]; the United States of America [11.7%]; Australia [3.5%]; Other Countries [2.6%] and Continental Europe [1.3%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Canada [6.3%]; Japan [4.3%] and the United Kingdom [0.9%].

January to September visitor arrivals in 2015 showed a 9.2% increase over the corresponding period in 2014, up from 513,112 to 560,179.
A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to September 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 September 2015 were in the age range 25-64 (64.4%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 19.6% of the September visitor arrivals; 9.1% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 6.9% 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, 25-29, 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 - 10,957
2) Legislators - 9,297
3) Technician and Related Workers - 6,879
4) Service Workers - 5,423
5) Clerical Workers - 2,033

Visitors who are not in the labour force were categorised into two major groups. The categories and numbers are as follows;
1) Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others -14,397
2) Students – 14,055

There has been a significant revision to the August 2015 figure for Skilled Agricultural and Fishery Workers due to coding corrections.
Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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