PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - January 2016

FBoS Release No.4, 2016
15th February, 2016


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for January 2016 reached a record 57,747 an increase of 15% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [3,492 or 13.6% to 29,137]; New Zealand [1,302 or 19.4% to 7,997]; China [1,297 or 54.4% to 3,680]; the United States of America [673 or 17.5% to 4,520]; Pacific Islands [696 or 18.0% to 4,561]; Japan [265 or 65.9% to 667]; South Korea [89 or 15.9% to 650]; Canada [27 or 3.2% to 874] and Rest of Asia [19 or 1.6% to 1,235].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from Other Countries [down 228 or 35.8% to 409]; the United Kingdom [down 56 or 4.2% to 1,284] and Continental Europe [down 54 or 1.9% to 2,733].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 77.1% of total arrivals, 6.8% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.2% came for business purposes, while 12.9% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table 1 below presents actual numbers and the 2016 and 2015 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of January, six months to January and 12 months to January 2016.

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 January 2016 and 2015.

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending January 2016, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 9.6% compared with the same period in 2015. Visitors from China increased by 47.0%; Pacific Islands [23.5%]; South Korea [16.5%]; Rest of Asia [12.1%]; New Zealand [11.9%]; the United States of America [10.3]; Japan [9.4%]; Australia [6.0%] and Continental Europe [1.5%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [11.6%]; Canada [4.5%] and the United Kingdom by [0.3%].

In the moving six monthly numbers ending January 2016, the visitor arrivals showed a 9.4% increase over the corresponding period in 2015, up from 363,428 to 397,571.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during a six month period to January 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 January 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (61.9%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 18.5% of the January visitor arrivals; 13.6% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 6.0% 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, 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) Professional Workers – 11,032
2) Legislators – 7,426
3) Service Workers – 4,805
4) Technician and Related Workers – 4,633
5) Craft Workers – 2,425

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 – 9,954
2) Students – 13,951

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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