PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - January 2018

FBoS Release No.11, 2018
16th February, 2018


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for January 2018 totaled 62,648, a decrease of 3.5% compared to a year earlier.

There were decreases in the number of visitors from the following countries; China [down 2,151 or 36.4% to 3,757]; Australia [down 1,815 or 6.0% to 28,313]; Japan [down 82 or 14.0% to 505] and the United Kingdom [down 28 or 2.1% to 1,321].

Increases were recorded in the number of visitors from New Zealand [1,361 or 14.7% to 10,612]; Continental Europe [103 or 3.6% to 2,952]; Pacific Islands [94 or 1.7% to 5,529]; the United States of America [84 or 1.5% to 5,617]; Canada [82 or 8.9% to 1,000]; Rest of Asia [44 or 2.5% to 1,812] and South Korea [43 or 5.7% to 792].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 72.7% of total arrivals, 8.5% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.4% came for business purposes, while 15.4% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table 1 below presents actual numbers and the 2018 and 2017 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of January, six months to January and 12 months to January 2018.

Table 1

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Note: Visitor statistics are released monthly using data sourced from the Immigration System. The limited number of tables released is due to the new system which came on line in April 2013.

Figure 1 below is a graphical comparison of Visitor Arrivals by Country for January 2018 and 2017.

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending January 2018, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.1% compared with the same period in 2017. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [18.5%]; the United States of America [15.1%]; New Zealand [12.6%]; South Korea [9.1%]; Continental Europe [8.5%]; Other Countries [6.6%]; Pacific Islands [6.3%]; Canada [5.7%]; Japan [1.2%] and both Australia and the United Kingdom [0.7%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from China [9.1%].

The moving six monthly numbers ending January 2018, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 5.0% over the corresponding period in 2017, up from 421,850 to 442,738.

Figure 2 below shows a graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during a six month period to January 2018.

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Figure 3 below shows the twelve monthly comparisons..

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in January 2018 were in the age range 25-64 (62.3%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 17.9% of the January visitor arrivals; 13.8% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 6.0% 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, 55-59 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 – 12,229
2) Legislators – 8,348
3) Technician and Related Workers – 5,554
4) Service Workers – 5,062
5) Craft Workers – 2,813

Visitors who are not in the labour force were categorised into two major groups. The categories and numbers are as follows;
1) Students – 15,621
2) Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 9,544

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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