PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - February 2017

FBoS Release No.08, 2017
17th March, 2017


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for February 2017 totaled 43,876, a decrease of 1.1% compared to a year earlier.

There were decreases in the number of visitors from China [down 2,052 or 33.5% to 4,071]; Pacific Islands [down 290 or 5.8% to 4,712]; Rest of Asia [down 182 or 10.8% to 1,505]; Continental Europe [down 152 or 6.2% to 2,295]; Australia [down 102 or 0.6% to 15,603]; Other Countries [down 31 or 8.1% to 350] and the United Kingdom [down 9 or 0.7% to 1,325].

However, increases were recorded in the number of visitors from the following countries; the United States of America [1,301 or 30.7% to 5,538]; New Zealand [669 or 12.0% to 6,228]; Japan [247 or 52.2% to 720]; South Korea [130 or 25.8% to 633] and Canada [2 or 0.2% to 896].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 66.6% of total arrivals, 9.8% came to visit their friends or relatives, 6.6% came for business purposes, while 17.0% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending February 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 4.5% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [42.6%]; South Korea [19.9%]; New Zealand [17.4%]; China [14.2%]; the United States of America [5.6%]; Continental Europe [2.0%]; both Japan and Pacific Islands [1.3%]; the United Kingdom [1.2%] and Canada [1.1%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [18.2%] and Australia [2.3%].

The moving six monthly numbers ending February 2017, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 5.6% over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 368,584 to 389,379.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during a six month period to February 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 February 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (68.4%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 9.1% of the February visitor arrivals; 13.3% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 9.2% 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 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 – 7,872
  2. Legislators – 6,228
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 4,528
  4. Service Workers – 4,461
  5. Craft Workers – 2,006

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 – 9,721
  2. Students – 6,087

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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