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Visitor arrival increases

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, June 26, 2014

VISITOR arrivals for the month of April this year increased by 7 per cent compared to 2013.

According to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics, provisional figures showed a total of 54,888 tourists visited our shores in April.

The bureau revealed there were increases in the number of visitors from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Europe, Canada and South Korea.

Provisional numbers highlighted that Fiji welcomed 2517 visitors from Australia, 1424 Kiwis, 745 Americans, 124 Europeans, 75 Canadians, and 46 South Koreans in April.

However, the bureau also recorded decreases in visitors from other countries.

"Decreases were recorded in the number of visitors from the Pacific islands, down by 470, Japan was down by 160, China was down by 104 and the United Kingdom was down by 14," the bureau stated.

"Visitors arriving for holiday purposes accounted for 80.4 per cent of total arrivals, 5.4 per cent came to visit their friends or relatives, while 14.2 per cent visited Fiji for other reasons."

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics also explained that in the moving 12 monthly numbers ending April 2014, the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 0.3 per cent compared with the same period in 2013.

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