PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - April 2018

FBoS Release No.33, 2018
16th May, 2018


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for April 2018 totaled 63,535, a decrease of 7.2% compared to a year earlier. Flights to and from Fiji were cancelled for 3 and a half days in April due to Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni.

There were decreases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [down 4,142 or 13.4% to 26,809]; Continental Europe [down 687 or 19.9% to 2,763]; Canada [down 191 or 17.4% to 908]; the United Kingdom [down 188 or 13.0% to 1,261]; China [down 92 or 2.4% to 3,783]; New Zealand [down 73 or 0.5% to 13,731]; Japan [down 29 or 6.2% to 438] and Pacific Islands [down 2 or 0.1% to 3,926].

Increases were recorded in the number of visitors from the United States of America [248 or 4.2% to 6,170]; South Korea [126 or 19.9% to 760] and Rest of Asia [56 or 2.2% to 2,563].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 75.2% of total arrivals, 8.4% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.6% came for business purposes, while 12.8% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending April 2018, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 4.8% compared with the same period in 2017. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [17.8%]; Other Countries [12.4%]; the United States of America [12.2%]; New Zealand [11.7%]; South Korea [6.7%]; Pacific Islands [5.0%]; Continental Europe [4.4%]; Canada [2.4%] and Australia [0.3%].

Decreases was recorded for visitors from Japan [7.7%]; the United Kingdom [0.6%] and China [0.3%].

January to April 2018, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 1.4% over the corresponding period in 2017, up from 231,721 to 235,039.

Figure 2 below shows a graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to April 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 April 2018 were in the age range 25-64 (65.2%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.8% of the April visitor arrivals; 10.1% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 7.9% 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, 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 – 12,526
2) Legislators – 8,497
3) Technician and Related Workers – 5,983
4) Service Workers – 5,616
5) Craft Workers – 3,053

Visitors who are not in the labour force were categorised into two major groups. The categories and numbers are as follows;
1) Students – 12,468
2) Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 10,848

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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