Visitor Arrivals

FBoS Release No.71, 2017
15th December, 2017


Provisional numbers show that visitor arrivals for November 2017 totaled 65,151, a record for the month of November and represented an increase of 4.3% compared to a year earlier.

There were increases in the number of visitors from the following countries; Australia [1,452 or 5.1% to 29,686]; the United States of America [618 or 10.6% to 6,465]; New Zealand [581 or 5.0% to 12,214]; Pacific Islands [481 or 11.0% to 4,847]; Rest of Asia [333 or 20.7% to 1,941] and Continental Europe [260 or 9.4% to 3,036].

However, decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from China [down 659 or 17.1% to 3,201]; Canada [down 161 or 14.0% to 993]; the United Kingdom [down 136 or 9.9% to 1,243]; Japan [down 77 or 16.3% to 394]; South Korea [down 23 or 2.9% to 968] and Other Countries [down 6 or 1.6% to 360].

Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 75.5% of total arrivals, 8.3% came to visit their friends or relatives, 5.0% came for business purposes, while 11.2% visited Fiji for other reasons.

Table1 below presents actual numbers and the 2017 and 2016 comparisons of visitor arrivals for the month of November, January to November and 12 months to November 2017.

Table 1

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


Figure 1 below is a graphical comparison of Visitor Arrivals by Country for November 2017 and 2016.

Figure 1

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In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending November 2017, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 6.7% compared with the same period in 2016. Visitors from Rest of Asia increased by [21.8%]; the United States of America [17.2%]; New Zealand [14.1%]; South Korea [11.7%]; Pacific Islands [8.2%]; Continental Europe [7.7%]; Japan [5.6%]; Canada [5.3%]; Other Countries [3.2%] and Australia [1.7%].

Decreases were recorded for visitors from China [1.2%] and the United Kingdom [0.3%].

January to November visitor arrivals 2017, showed a 6.4% increase over the corresponding period in 2016, up from 719,601 and 765,454.

Figure 2 below shows a graphical comparison of visitor arrivals by country during the period January to November 2017 and 2016.

 

Figure 2

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The twelve monthly comparisons are provided in Figure 3.

Figure 3

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The majority of visitors to Fiji in November 2017 were in the age range 25-64 (66.3%), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population. Children aged 14 and below accounted for 11.3% of the November visitor arrivals; 13.5% comprising 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 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 40-44, 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 – 13,218
2) Legislators – 9,115
3) Technician and Related Workers – 6,905
4) Service Workers – 5,237
5) Craft Workers – 2,860

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 – 12,132
2) Students – 11,369

 

Additional details are also provided in Figure 5 below;

 

Figure 5

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