PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - May 2016

FBoS Release No.26, 2016
17th June 2016


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for May 2016 totaled 60,369 a decrease of 0.2% compared to a year earlier.

There were, decreases in the number of visitors from Australia [down 2,312 or 7.6% to 27,991]; Canada [down 219 or 21.3% to 810]; Other Countries [down 78 or 18.3% to 348] and the United Kingdom [down 42 or 3.2% to 1,291].

However, increases were recorded in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [1,119 or 10.7% to 11,586]; Pacific Islands [516 or 14.4% to 4,108]; Rest of Asia [408 or 36.2% to 1,535]; South Korea [218 or 43.4% to 720]; the United States of America [90 or 1.6% to 5,700]; Japan [69 or 17.3% to 468]; Continental Europe [52 or 2.2% to 2,434] and China [52 or 1.6% to 3,378].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 74.3% of total arrivals, 8.6% came to visit their friends or relatives, 4.8% came for business purposes, while 12.3% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending May 2016, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 8.1% compared with the same period in 2015. Visitors from China increased by 37.5%; Pacific Islands [18.5%]; Rest of Asia [17.0%]; New Zealand [14.8%]; South Korea [11.7%]; the United States of America [5.5%]; Australia [3.8%]; Japan [3.7%] and Continental Europe [2.9%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [21.8%]; Canada [6.8%] and the United Kingdom [1.0%].

January to May visitor arrivals in 2016 showed a 5.2% increase over the corresponding period in 2015, up from 262,992 to 276,597.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to May 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 May 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (69.1%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 13.2% of the May visitor arrivals; 8.9% were from the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over with the remaining 8.8% comprising youths aged 15-24.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 20-24, 25-29, 35-39, 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 – 11,664
2) Legislators – 8,823
3) Technician and Related Workers – 6,500
4) Service Workers – 5,813
5) Craft Workers – 3,222

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 – 12,222
2) Students – 7,527

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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