PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - September 2016

FBoS Release No.70, 2016
17th October 2016


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for September 2016 totaled 71,758 a decrease of 0.1% compared to a year earlier.

There were, decreases in the number of visitors from Australia [down 1,435 or 3.9% to 35,478]; the United States of America [down 546 or 11.5% to 4,193]; Pacific Islands [down 508 or 13.3% to 3,315]; China [down 235 or 5.8% to 3,828]; Japan [down 92 or 13.8% to 573]; Other Countries [down 59 or 13.3% to 385]; the United Kingdom [down 45 or 4.4% to 985] and Canada [down 13 or 1.9% to 655].

However, increases were recorded in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [2,142 or 13.8% to 17,701]; Rest of Asia [467 or 36.0% to 1,765]; Continental Europe [175 or 8.3% to 2,271] and South Korea [71 or 13.2% to 609].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 79.3% of total arrivals, 6.6% came to visit their friends or relatives, 4.0% came for business purposes, while 10.1% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending September 2016, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.2% compared with the same period in 2015. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by 33.2%; China [24.4%]; South Korea [19.5%]; New Zealand [14.7%]; Continental Europe [4.3%]; Pacific Islands [3.9%]; the United States of America [3.7%]; Japan [2.9%] and the United Kingdom [0.8%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [32.1%]; Canada [2.8%] and Australia [0.1%].

January to September visitor arrivals in 2016 showed a 4.2% increase over the corresponding period in 2015, up from 560,179 to 583,518.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to September 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 September 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (65.1%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 19.0% of the September visitor arrivals; 8.8% comprising youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.1% 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, 25-29, 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 – 14,423
  2. Legislators – 10,391
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 6,491
  4. Service Workers – 5,911
  5. Craft Workers – 3,134

 

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 – 12,087
  2. Students – 14,663

 

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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