$216.6m tourism earnings

TOURISM earnings totalled $216.6million for the second quarter of this year compared with $210m for the same period last year.

According to government statistician Epeli Waqavonovono, this is 3.1 per cent increase from the last corresponding quarter.

Mr Waqavonovono says 12,456 employments were also created, a 3.3 per cent increase.

“The number of rooms available increased by 1.4 per cent (13,131) and the number of rooms sold increased by 5.3 per cent (23,517).”

He said the earnings were takings from accommodation, sale of food, liquor, telephone and other miscellaneous charges.

“The Coral Coast had the highest number of visitors from Australia in quarter two, 2014.

“It also shows that large number of visitors from the United States of America stayed specifically in the Northern area and other islands including Kadavu.

“Suva areas also recorded the highest number of visitors from other countries and majority was from Japan and other Pacific Islands.”

For room occupancy rates, he said all areas slightly increased compared with the same period last year except for Suva and the Coral Coast area. He said data for Nadi area showed a steady increase from 47.5 per cent in 2012 to 55.7 per cent this year.