PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - May 2017

FBoS Release No: 28, 2017
16th June, 2017


Provisional numbers show that 64,367 visitors arrived into the country in May 2017. The number was a record for the month of May and represents an increase of 6.6% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; New Zealand [2,879 or 24.8% 14,465]; Rest of Asia [592 or 38.6% to 2,127]; the United States of America [302 or 5.3% to 6,002]; Canada [244 or 30.1% to 1,054]; Continental Europe [188 or 7.7% to 2,622]; China [121 or 3.6% to 3,499] and Australia [48 or 0.2% to 28,039].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from Pacific Islands [down 129 or 3.1% to 3,979]; the United Kingdom [down 102 or 7.9% to 1,189]; South Korea [down 80 or 11.1% to 640]; Other Countries [down 38 or 10.9% to 310] and Japan [down 27 or 5.8 to 441].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 74.7% of total arrivals, 8.2% came to visit their friends or relatives, 5.0% 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 May, January to May and 12 months to May 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 May 2013.

Figure 1 below is a graphical comparison of Visitor Arrivals by Country for May 2017 and 2016.

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending May 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.6% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [35.9%]; South Korea [17.2%]; New Zealand [17.0%]; China [10.8%]; the United States of America [10.3%]; Canada [9.5%]; Continental Europe [7.0%]; Japan [4.1%]; Pacific Islands [2.2%] and the United Kingdom [0.4%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [13.9%] and Australia [1.2%].

January to May visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 7.0% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 276,597 to 296,088.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to May 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 May 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (68.5%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 13.1% of the May visitor arrivals; 9.6% were those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over with the remaining 8.8% comprising youths aged 15-24.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 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 – 12,415
  2. Legislators – 9,463
  3. Technician and Related Workers – 6,816
  4. Service Workers – 6,304
  5. Craft Workers – 3,325

 

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 – 13,591
  2. Students – 8,021

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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