PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - October 2015

FBoS Release No.72, 2015

18th November, 2015

Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for October 2015 reached a record 69,126 an increase of 7.1% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [2,729 or 8.4% to 35,186]; China [766 or 28.5% to 3,458]; Pacific Islands [539 or 16.6% to 3,783]; the United States of America [349 or 6.1% to 6,071]; New Zealand [302 or 2.4% to 12,953]; Continental Europe [292 or 11.1% to 2,917]; Japan [70 or 17.3% to 474] and South Korea [46 or 7.8% to 637].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from Canada [down 232 or 22.9% to 782]; Rest of Asia [down 117 or 8.8% to 1,217]; the United Kingdom [down 111 or 8.2% to 1,246] and Other Countries [down 52 or 11.5% to 402].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 82.6% of total arrivals, 4.2% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.0% 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 October, January to October and 12 months to October 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 October 2015 and 2014.

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending October 2015, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 8.9% compared with the same period in 2014. Visitors from China increased by 44.2%; South Korea [28.7%]; Pacific Islands [24.3%]; Rest of Asia [17.4%]; New Zealand [13.2%]; the United States of America [9.6%]; Australia [4.3%]; Other Countries [2.8%] and Continental Europe [1.9%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Canada [7.9%]; Japan [2.0%] and the United Kingdom [1.7%].

January to October visitor arrivals in 2015 showed a 8.9% increase over the corresponding period in 2014, up from 577,657 to 629,305.
A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to October 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 October 2015 were in the age range 25-64 (68.2%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.0% of the October visitor arrivals; 7.0% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.8% 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, 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. Service Workers – 11,548
  2. Professional Workers – 10,990
  3. Legislators – 9,333
  4. Technician and Related Workers – 7,555
  5. Clerical Workers – 2,516

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 – 9,201
  2. Students – 7,974

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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