PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - March 2016

FBoS Release No.20, 2016
15th April, 2016


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for March 2016 totaled 55,977 an increase of 9.7% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [2,352 or 39.8% to 8,258]; Australia [1,725 or 6.9% to 26,794]; China [926 or 36.3% to 3,479] and Rest of Asia [755 or 72.0% to 1,804].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from the United States of America [down 237 or 4.3% to 5,274]; South Korea [down 170 or 20.0% to 680]; the United Kingdom [down 122 or 6.9% to 1,649]; Japan [down 90 or 15.4% to 496]; Other Countries [down 84 or 16.3% to 431]; Continental Europe [down 62 or 2.3% to 2,609]; Canada [down 32 or 2.8% to 1,099] and Pacific Islands [down 31 or 0.9% to 3,404].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 74.2% of total arrivals, 9.2% came to visit their friends or relatives, 4.9% came for business purposes, while 11.7% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending March 2016, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 9.5% compared with the same period in 2015. Visitors from China increased by 46.5%; Pacific Islands [20.8%]; New Zealand and Rest of Asia both with [13.8%]; Japan [8.1%]; the United States of America and South Korea both with [7.1%]; Australia [6.0%] and Continental Europe [2.6%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [18.2%]; Canada [4.0%] and the United Kingdom [1.7%].

January to March visitor arrivals in 2016 showed a 10.2% increase over the corresponding period in 2015, up from 143,447 to 158,069.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to March 2016 and 2015 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 March 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (67.9%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 13.4% of the March visitor arrivals; 10.5% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.2% 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, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 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 – 10,502
  2. Legislators – 7,489
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 5,460
  4. Service Workers – 5,701
  5. Craft Workers – 3,060

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 – 11,408
  2. Students – 8,474

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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