Fiji Time: 11:11 AM on Saturday 25 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

662 yachts, 4000 visitors in 2012

Nasik Swami
Friday, February 22, 2013

WITH the steady growth of yacht tourism, Fiji is becoming a yacht and super yacht hub of the South Pacific.

A 2012 Fiji Yachting Tourism Survey revealed that 662 foreign yachts and super yachts arrived in Fiji last year raking in millions of dollars into Fiji's economy.

David Jamieson, managing director of Yacht Help Fiji Limited, said the 662 foreign yachts and super yachts brought with them more than 4000 tourists.

Mr Jamieson said the yachts stayed in Fiji for an average of 185 days and brought more than $30million to the Fijian economy including two super yacht owners who bought islands in Fiji last year and were investing a further $25million in tourism developments on their islands.

"Millions of investment dollars have been spent providing marinas and facilities for these yachts," he said.

"The yachting industry in Fiji has been very active promoting our beautiful country and its world class marine facilities to potential yachting tourists."

Mr Jamieson said one of the benefits of yachting tourism to Fiji was that they spent their tourism dollars in the outer islands where there were no other form of tourism.

Some of the biggest expenditures of visiting yachts as shown in the survey were marinas, local markets, tours, lovo and meke, local tour guides and souvenirs.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Siblings in shock
  2. Forum lifts Fiji ban
  3. Farewell Duke
  4. Koroi ready to help Fijian scrum during Europe tour
  5. Taskforce rakes in $500k in rent arrears
  6. Group of companies hold inaugural Pinktober celebrations
  7. In the dark
  8. Separating fact from myth
  9. Relief for farmers
  10. Key areas of development

Top Stories this Week

  1. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  2. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  3. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  4. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  5. Kepa's not weak Friday (24 Oct)
  6. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Full pay while on leave Friday (24 Oct)
  8. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)
  9. Ryan's fight to help 7s Friday (24 Oct)
  10. $11.9m in arrears Wednesday (22 Oct)