PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - September 2017

FBoS Release No:61, 2017
17th October, 2017


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for September 2017 totaled 77, 029, a record for the month of September and represented an increase of 7.3% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; the United States of America [1,602 or 38.2% to 5,795]; New Zealand [1,398 or 7.9% to 19,099]; Pacific Islands [997 or 30.1% to 4,312]; Australia [845 or 2.4% to 36,323]; the United Kingdom [198 or 20.1% to 1,183]; South Korea [194 or 31.9% to 803]; Canada [137 or 20.9% to 792]; Japan [82 or 14.3% to 655] and Continental Europe [24 or 1.1% to 2,295].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from China [down 178 or 4.6% to 3,650]; Other Countries [down 18 or 4.7% to 367] and Rest of Asia [down 10 or 0.6% to 1,755].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 78.0% of total arrivals, 7.2% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.5% came for business purposes, while 11.3% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table1 below presents actual numbers and the 2017 and 2016 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of September, January to September and 12 months to September 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 September 2017 and 2016.

Figure1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending September 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 6.8% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [23.9%]; the United States of America [15.3%]; New Zealand [14.3%]; Canada [11.4%]; South Korea [11.3%]; Pacific Islands [7.7%]; Japan [6.0%]; Continental Europe [5.2%]; China [3.9]; Australia [1.6%] and the United Kingdom [1.2%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Other Countries [5.3%].

January to September visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 6.6% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 583,518 to 622,139.

A graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to September 2017 and 2016 is provided in Figure 2 below.

Figure 2

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The twelve monthly comparisons are provided in Figure 3.

Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in September 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (65.9%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 17.7% of the September visitor arrivals; 8.7% comprising were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.7% 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, 25-29, 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 –15,468
  2. Legislators –11,101
  3. Technician and Related Workers –7,334
  4. Service Workers – 6,115
  5. Craft Workers – 3,775

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

  1. Students – 14,120
  2. Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 14,112

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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