Visitor numbers increase by 6.6 per cent in June

Madison Sloane, closest to camera, of Sydney, Australia enjoys a dip in the pool with other tourists at the Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa in Sigatoka in September last year. Statistics show that the occupancy rates for the past five years has been in the rang

Madison Sloane, closest to camera, of Sydney, Australia enjoys a dip in the pool with other tourists at the Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa in Sigatoka in September last year. Picture: FILE

FIJI received 81,653 visitors in June this year, representing an increase of 6.6 per cent compared with the same period last year.

In its July issue of provisional visitor arrivals the Fiji Bureau of Statistics noted that increases were recorded in the number of visitors from New Zealand, US, Pacific Islands, Canada, Rest of Asia and Continental Europe.

There were decreases noted in the number of visitors from countries such as UK, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

While visitors who came to Fiji for holiday purposes accounted for 77.0 per cent of total arrivals, 9.1 per cent came to visit their friends or relatives, 3.1 per cent came for business purposes while 10.8 per cent visited Fiji for other reasons.

The bureau also highlighted that majority of visitors to Fiji last month were in the age range 25-64 accounting for 63.5 per cent of the total arrivals.

While children aged 14 and below accounted for 16.1 per cent of the arrivals, 11.8 per cent were youths aged 15-24 with the remaining 8.6 per cent comprising those in the predominantly retirement age group of more than 65 and over.

Meanwhile in the moving 12-monthly numbers ending June the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 4.8 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The bureau noted that visitors from other countries stood at 19 per cent, rest of Asia increased by 15.7 per cent, visitors from US stood at 12.7 per cent, South Korea 5.5 per cent, Continental Europe 5.4 per cent, Pacific Islands 5.1 per cent while visitors from Australia stood at 0.7 per cent.

Decreases were recorded for visitors from Japan, UK, China and Canada.

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