PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - February 2018

FBoS Release No.13, 2018
15th March, 2018


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for February 2018 totaled 48,798, an increase of 11.2% compared to a year earlier.

Increases were recorded in the number of visitors from China [2,496 or 61.3% to 6,567]; Australia [1,411 or 9.0% to 17,041]; New Zealand [413 or 6.6% to 6,641]; the United States of America [413 or 7.5% to 5,951]; Continental Europe [387 or 16.9% to 2,682]; Rest of Asia [173 or 11.5% to 1,678] and Canada [97 or 10.8% to 993].

There were decreases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Pacific Islands [down 296 or 6.3% to 4,416]; Japan [down 210 or 29.2% to 510]; South Korea [down 80 or 12.6% to 553] and the United Kingdom [down 73 or 5.5% to 1,252].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 72.4% of total arrivals, 7.4% came to visit their friends or relatives, 4.5% came for business purposes, while 15.7% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending February 2018, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.8% compared with the same period in 2017. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [20.4%]; the United States of America [13.6%]; New Zealand [12.4%]; Other Countries [11.7%]; Continental Europe [10.2%]; Canada [6.5%]; South Korea [6.4%]; Pacific Islands [6.3%]; Australia [1.1] and the United Kingdom [0.3%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Japan [5.9%] and China [0.2%].

The moving six monthly numbers ending February 2018, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 5.1% over the corresponding period in 2017, up from 389,379 to 409,220.

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

Figure 2

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Figure 3 below shows the twelve monthly comparisons.

Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in February 2018 were in the age range 25-64 (68.8%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 10.3% of the February visitor arrivals; 11.3% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 9.6% 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, 40-45, 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 – 10,547
2) Legislators – 6,908
3) Technician and Related Workers – 5,564
4) Service Workers – 3,117
5) Craft Workers – 2,423

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 – 9,309
2) Students – 7,670

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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