PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - April 2016

FBoS Release No.23, 2016
16th May, 2016


 

Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for April 2016 totaled 58,159 a decrease of 1.5% compared to a year earlier.

There were, decreases in the number of visitors from Australia [down 2,887 or 9.6% to 27,190]; the United States of America [down 554 or 10.9% to 4,538]; Continental Europe [down 245 or 8.9% to 2,516]; Pacific Islands [down 166 or 4.5% to 3,525]; Canada [down 121 or 12.9% to 818]; Other Countries [down 120 or 26.4% to 335] and Japan [down 119 or 24.2% to 373].

However, increases were recorded in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [1,621 or 16.7% to 11,342]; China [770 or 27.8% to 3,543]; Rest of Asia [732 or 62.0% to 1,912]; South Korea [122 or 25.7% to 596] and the United Kingdom [77 or 5.5% to 1,471].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 73.3% of total arrivals, 9.8% came to visit their friends or relatives, 6.2% came for business purposes, while 10.7% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending April 2016, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 8.8% compared with the same period in 2015. Visitors from China increased by 44.7%; Pacific Islands [18.2%]; Rest of Asia [16.9%]; New Zealand [14.7%]; South Korea [7.7%]; the United States of America [5.8%]; Australia [4.7%]; Continental Europe [2.4%] and Japan [2.3%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [22.4%]; Canada [4.1%] and the United Kingdom [0.9%].

January to April visitor arrivals in 2016 showed a 6.8% increase over the corresponding period in 2015, up from 202,496 to 216,228.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to April 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 April 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (65.6%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.2% of the April visitor arrivals; 10.7% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.5% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 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 – 11,373
  2. Legislators – 8,082
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 5,678
  4. Service Workers – 5,463
  5. Craft Workers – 2,692

 

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 – 10,587
  2. Students – 10,451

 

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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For further enquiries please contact Mr. JovesaTagivakatini or Ms. Kiran Naidu on 3315822 ext 386223 and 386221 respectively.

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