Visitor Arrivals

FBoS Release No.25, 2018
16th April, 2018


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for March 2018 totaled 60,058, an increase of 10.4% compared to a year earlier.

Increases were recorded in the number of visitors from Australia [1,707 or 7.3% to 25,196]; New Zealand [1,615 or 19.6% to 9,868]; the United States of America [1,196 or 19.7% to 7,264]; Rest of Asia [571 or 26.0% to 2,770]; China [416 or 12.0% to 3,897]; Pacific Islands [231 or 6.0% to 4,112] and Canada [42 or 3.6% to 1,196].

There were decreases in the number of visitors from the following countries; the United Kingdom [down 79 or 5.1% to 1,474]; Continental Europe [down 48 or 1.7% to 2,706]; Japan [down 33 or 7.2% to 427] and South Korea [down 12 or 1.6% to 720].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 74.9% of total arrivals, 7.6% came to visit their friends or relatives, 4.6% came for business purposes, while 12.9% visited Fiji for other reasons.

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

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending March 2018, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 6.7% compared with the same period in 2017. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [20.8%]; both the United States of America and Other Countries [14.0%]; New Zealand [13.4%]; Continental Europe [9.5%]; Canada [6.4%]; Pacific Islands [5.8%]; South Korea [5.6%]; Australia [2.5%]; China [0.6%] and the United Kingdom [0.4%].

Decreases was recorded for visitors only from Japan [5.9%].

January to March 2018, showed that visitor arrivals increased by 5.1% over the corresponding period in 2017, up from 163,226 to 171,504.

Figure 2 below shows a graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to March 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 March 2018 were in the age range 25-64 (68.4%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 13.2% of the March visitor arrivals; 9.5% were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.9% comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of 65 and over.

Figure 4 below shows a significant gender differential in the age groups 30-34, 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 – 11,481
2) Legislators – 8,569
3) Technician and Related Workers – 6,236
4) Service Workers – 5,580
5) Craft Workers – 3,426

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 – 11,322
2) Students – 8,679

Additional details are provided in Figure 5 below;

Figure 5

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

 

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