PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - January 2017

FBoS Release No.05, 2017
16th February, 2017


Provisional numbers show that 64,943 visitors arrived into the country in January 2017. The number was a record for the month of January and represents an increase of 12.5% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; China [2,228 or 60.5% to 5,908]; New Zealand [1,254 or 15.7% to 9,251]; the United States of America [1,013 or 22.4% to 5,533]; Australia [991 or 3.4% to 30,128]; Pacific Islands [874 or 19.2% to 5,435]; Rest of Asia [533 or 43.2% to 1,768]; Continental Europe [116 or 4.2% to 2,849]; South Korea [99 or 15.2% to 749]; the United Kingdom [65 or 5.1% to 1,349]; Other Countries [59 or 14.4% to 468] and Canada [44 or 5.0% to 918].

The only decrease was recorded for visitors from Japan [down 80 or 12.0% to 587].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 72.6% of total arrivals, 9.1% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.4% came for business purposes, while 14.9% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table 1 below presents actual numbers and the 2017 and 2016 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of January, six months to January and 12 months to January 2017.

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 January 2017 and 2016.

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending January 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 4.9% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [46.5%]; China [23.7%]; South Korea [20.3%]; New Zealand [18.1%]; the United States of America [3.1%]; Continental Europe [2.9%]; Pacific Islands [2.7%] and both Canada and the United Kingdom [0.7%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [18.8%]; Japan [2.6%] and Australia [2.5%].

The moving six monthly numbers ending January 2017, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 6.1% over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 397,571 to 421,850.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during a six month period to January 2017 is provided in Figure 2 below. The twelve monthly comparisons are provided in Figure 3.

Figure 2

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Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in January 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (62.4%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 18.0% of the January visitor arrivals; 13.5% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 6.1% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 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 – 12,201
2) Legislators – 8,619
3) Service Workers – 5,708
4) Technician and Related Workers – 5,172
5) Craft Workers – 2,709

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 – 10,536
2) Students – 16,068

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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