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Rise in visitor arrivals

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

TOURIST arrivals for the month of January increased by 3 per cent this year, from 46,124 in January last year to 47,551 in January this year.

And according to government statistician Epeli Waqavonovono, visitors were from New Zealand, Australia, China, continental Europe and the United Kingdom.

He said New Zealand topped the list of visitors for January from 994 in 2013 to 5662 in January this year.

"Australia recorded a 3.8 per cent increase in visitor arrivals to Fiji while visitors from China increased by 43.3 per cent," he said.

Continental Europe recorded a 9.5 per cent increase in tourist numbers to Fiji while a 9.3 per cent increase was noted for the UK.

"Decreases in visitor numbers were recorded for South Korea, Japan, Pacific Island countries, the US and Canada.

"In the moving 12 monthly numbers ending January this year, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 0.4 per cent compared with the same period in 2013.

"Visitors from New Zealand increased by 3.8 per cent, UK (3.3 per cent), Australia (1.7 per cent), Japan and Pacific Islands with 0.6 per cent and Continental Europe (0.2 per cent)."

In the moving six monthly numbers ending January this year, he said, the number of visitors showed a 1.8 per cent decrease when compared with the corresponding period last year, down from 346,847 to 340,634.

Tourism Fiji Global Marketing director Ken Freer said they were very pleased with the January performance. "We do need to take into account the fact that in January 2012 a lot of properties were closed due to Tropical Cyclone Evan," he said.

Mr Freer said they were pleased with the 3 per cent increase and will comment today once they received the figures for January arrivals.

Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto will also comment later today.

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