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Occupancy rate up

Filipe Naigulevu
Thursday, November 02, 2017

THE room occupancy rate for Fiji's licensed hotels and tourist accommodations slightly increased to 51.3 per cent in the second quarter of this year.

This is a 1 per cent increase from the 50.3 per cent room occupancy rate recorded in the same period last year.

According to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) provisional hotels and tourist accommodation statistics for the second quarter of this year, the room occupancy rate for the past six years has been in the range of 45.5 per cent and 56.4 per cent.

High occupancy rates were also recorded in hotels and tourist accommodations in the Mamanuca Group, Vanua Levu, Lautoka, Ra, Coral Coast and Kadavu during the review period.

The key findings by FBoS in the second quarter of this year highlighted that the room occupancy rate increased in all areas when compared with the same period in 2016 except for Nadi and Suva area.

Second data for the Mamanuca Group had shown a slight increase to 59.1 per cent from 52.2 per cent in 2016.

The data also highlighted that Australians made up the highest percentage of visitors to the Coral Coast, Nadi and Mamanuca Group in Quarter 2 of this year.

Visitors from the United States of America made up the highest percentage of occupants in hotels of the Northern and other islands including Kadavu.

Suva area had the highest number of visitors from other countries with the majority from Japan and other Pacific Islands.

Meanwhile, the number of rooms sold for the second quarter of this year stood at 488,443 compared with 4443,664 for the same period last year, recording an increase of 10.1 per cent.

The number of rooms available also increased by 7.9 per cent which stood at 952,063 compared with 882,396 rooms available in the same period last year.

For the number of beds sold, the FBoS recorded an increase of 10.8 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The paid employment in the hotel sector also increased by 11.9 per cent.

A total of $274.9 million was earned by takings from accommodation, sales of food, liquor, telephone, and other miscellaneous charges in the second quarter of this year.

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