PROVISIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS - June 2018

FBoS Release No.48, 2018
16th July, 2018


Provisional numbers show that 81,653 visitors arrived into the country in June 2018. The number was a record for the month of June and represents an increase of 6.6% compared to a year earlier.

Increases were recorded in the number of visitors from New Zealand [3,814 or 20.5% to 22,404]; the United States of America [795 or 8.7% to 9,962]; Pacific Islands [298 or 7.2% to 4,450]; Canada [234 or 27.1% to 1,099]; Rest of Asia [221 or 10.5% to 2,319] and Continental Europe [117 or 5.1% to 2,431].

There were decreases in the number of visitors from the following countries; the United Kingdom [down 226 or 15.4% to 1,239]; China [down 108 or 2.9% to 3,604]; Japan [down 71 or 17.4% to 336]; South Korea [down 50 or 6.8% to 683] and Australia [down 48 or 0.1% to 32,785].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 77.0% of total arrivals, 9.1% came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.1% came for business purposes, while 10.8% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table 1 below presents actual numbers and the 2018 and 2017 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of June, January to June and twelve months to June 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 June 2013.

 

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

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending June 2018, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 4.8% compared with the same period in 2017. Visitors from Other Countries [19.0%]; Rest of Asia increased by [15.7%]; the United States of America [12.7%]; New Zealand [10.9%]; South Korea [5.5%]; Continental Europe [5.4%]; Pacific Islands [5.1%] and Australia [0.7%].

Decreases was recorded for visitors from Japan [8.7%]; the United Kingdom [1.7%]; China [1.1%] and Canada [0.4%].

January to June 2018, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 3.0% over the corresponding period in 2017, up from 372,686 to 383,982.

Figure 2 below shows a graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to June 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 June 2018 were in the age range 25-64 (63.5%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.1% of the June visitor arrivals; 11.8% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.6% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 15-19, 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 – 16,150
2) Legislators – 10,976
3) Technician and Related Workers – 8,597
4) Service Workers – 4,446
5) Craft Workers – 3,841

Visitors who are not in the labour force were categorised into two major groups. The categories and numbers are as follows;
1) Students – 16,720
2) Retirees, Housewives, Children & Others – 15,019

 

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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More detailed information is provided in the accompanying tables.

TABLE 1: ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: NUMBER OF RESIDENTS, VISITORS AND PERSONS IN TRANSIT.
TABLE 2: VISITOR ARRIVALS BY COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE.
TABLE 3: VISITOR ARRIVALS BY PURPOSE OF VISIT.
TABLE 4: VISITOR ARRIVALS FROM CONTINENTAL EUROPE.
TABLE 5: VISITOR ARRIVALS BY COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE, SEX AND AGE - JUNE 2018.
TABLE 6: VISITOR ARRIVALS BY COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE AND OCCUPATION - JUNE 2018.
TABLE 7: RESIDENT DEPARTURE BY FINAL DESTINATION AND BY PURPOSE OF ABSENCE - MAY 2018.

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For further enquiries please contact Ms. Kiran Naidu on 3315822 ext. 386223.

 

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