PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - February 2016

FBoS Release No.8, 2016
15th March, 2016

Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for February 2016 totaled 44,345 an increase of 5.1% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; China [1,663 or 37.3% to 6,123]; New Zealand [1,302 or 30.6% to 5,559]; Pacific Islands [395 or 8.6% to 5,002]; Rest of Asia [258 or 18.1% to 1,687]; South Korea [132 or 35.6% to 503] and Continental Europe [104 or 4.4% to 2,447].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from Australia [down 1,133 or 6.7% to 15,705]; the United States of America [down 346 or 7.5% to 4,237]; the United Kingdom [down 91 or 6.4% to 1,334]; Other Countries [down 77 or 16.8% to 381]; Canada [down 36 or 3.9% to 894] and Japan [down 1 or 0.2% to 473].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 70.4% of total arrivals, 7.5% came to visit their friends or relatives, 5.9% came for business purposes, while 16.2% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table1 below presents actual numbers and the 2016 and 2015 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of February, six months to February and 12 months to February 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 February 2016 and 2015.

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending February 2016, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 9.4% compared with the same period in 2015. Visitors from China increased by 45.9%; Pacific Islands [21.9%]; South Korea [18.9%]; New Zealand [12.5%]; Japan [11.1%]; the United States of America [9.0%]; Rest of Asia [8.8%]; Australia [5.7%] and Continental Europe [2.0%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [14.8%]; Canada [4.3%] and the United Kingdom by [0.3%].

In the moving six monthly numbers ending February 2016, the visitor arrivals showed a 9.7% increase over the corresponding period in 2015, up from 335,971 to 368,584.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the six month period to February 2016 is provided in Figure 2 below. The twelve monthly comparison is provided in Figure 3.

Figure 2

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Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in February 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (68.5%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 9.5% of the February visitor arrivals; 13.5% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.5% 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, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 60-64 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 – 8,463
  2. Legislators – 6,352
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 4,291
  4. Service Workers – 4,238
  5. Craft Workers – 1,929

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 – 8,737
  2. Students – 7,238

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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