PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - June 2017

FBoS Release No:31, 2017
17th July, 2017


Provisional numbers show that 76,598 visitors arrived into the country in June 2017. The number was a record for the month of June and represents an increase of 4.8% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [1,757 or 10.4% to 18,590]; the United States of America [966 or 11.8% to 9,167]; Rest of Asia [291 or 16.1% to 2,098]; China [139 or 3.9% to 3,712]; Pacific Islands [126 or 3.1% to 4,152]; the United Kingdom [110 or 8.1% to 1,465]; Canada [103 or 13.5% to 865]; South Korea [87 or 13.5% to 733] and Australia [37 or 0.1% to 32,833].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from Other Countries [down 55 or 17.4% to 262]; Continental Europe [down 41 or 1.7% to 2,314] and Japan [down 34 or 7.7% to 407].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 75.6% of total arrivals, 9.4% came to visit their friends or relatives, 2.9% came for business purposes, while 12.1% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending June 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 6.0% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [30.7%]; New Zealand [16.5%]; South Korea [16.0%]; the United States of America [11.5%]; China and the United Kingdom both [9.9%]; Continental Europe [6.9%]; Japan [4.6%]; Pacific Islands [2.9%] and Canada [0.6%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [13.5%] and Australia [0.4%].

January to June visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 6.6% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 349,709 to 372,686.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to June 2017 and 2016 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 June 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (63.4%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.3% of the June visitor arrivals; 11.9% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.4% 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, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49 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 – 14,335
  2. Legislators – 10,567
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 7,249
  4. Service Workers – 6,010
  5. Craft Workers – 3,387

Visitors who are not in the labour force were categorised into two major groups. The categories and numbers are as follows;

  1. Students – 15,389
  2. Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 14,706

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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