PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - December 2016

FBoS Release No.1, 2017
17th January, 2017


2016 Highlights: 

  • Fiji’s annual Visitor Arrival number reached a new high of 792,320 in 2016. This was 5.0% more than the previous record of 754,835, which was set in 2015.
  • Contributing to the record level of visitor arrivals in 2016 were increases from the following countries; New Zealand (25,299 to 163,836), China (8,909 to 49,083), Rest of Asia (6,177 to 20,558), USA (1,797 to 69,628), South Korea (1,371 to 8,071), Pacific Islands (1,171 to 49,741), Continental Europe (721 to 31,916), Japan (182 to 6,274) and Canada (71 to 11,780).
  • Monthly visitor numbers topped the 80,000 mark for the first time ever in July with 85,704 arrivals.
  • The 2016 visitor numbers from New Zealand (163,836) and China (49,083) were the highest ever in a given year.
  • Visitor numbers from Fiji’s top two source markets, Australia (360,370) and New Zealand (163,836) equate to average daily arrivals of 987 and 449 respectively.
  • Visitors arriving for holiday purposes totaled 600,887 (75.8%), 68,262 (8.6%) came to visit friends or relatives, 32,922 (4.2%) came for business purposes while 90,249 (11.4%) visited Fiji for other reasons.
  • There were significant increases in the number of visitors arriving for the following purposes;
      1. Business Related (7,874 to 32,922)
      2. Visiting Friends and Relatives (21,468 to 68,262)

Table 1 below presents arrival numbers by country for the years 2014 - 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 limited due to the new system which came on line in April 2013.

Figure 1 below is a graphical representation of Visitor Arrivals by Country for the year 2016 and 2015.

Figure 1

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The July visitor arrival number of 85,704 was the highest in 2016, followed by the months of August and October with arrival figures of 76,347 and 73,595 respectively.

The peak arrival months by country and number were as follows;

      1. Australia – December with 36,130 visitors
      2. New Zealand – July with 24,376 visitors
      3. United States of America – July with 8,311 visitors
      4. China – February with 6,123 visitors
      5. United Kingdom – July with 1,683 visitors
      6. Canada – July with 1,393 visitors

Figure 2 below is a graphical representation of Monthly Visitor Arrivals by Country for the year 2016.

Figure 2

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December Visitors by Gender and Age

The majority of visitors to Fiji in December 2016 were in the age range 25-64 (62.6%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 17.2% of the December visitor arrivals; 14.4% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 5.8% 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, 25-29, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and 65+.

Figure 3

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December Visitors by Occupation

The top 5 Occupational Groups for visitors engaged in gainful employment in their home countries are as follows;

      1. Professional Workers – 14,426
      2. Legislators – 9,304
      3. Technician and Related Workers – 6,523
      4. Service Workers – 5,777
      5. Craft and Related Workers – 3,512

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 – 11,568
      2. Students – 17,262

Additional details are provided in Figure 4 below;

Figure 4

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