$480.3m in tourism earnings

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FIJI’S earnings from tourism stood at $480.3 million for the June quarter of this year, an increase of 4.5 per cent over the same period last year.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics highlighted that the June quarter 2018 earnings stood at 34.1 per cent or $122.1m higher than the amount recorded for the March quarter of this year.

According to the bureau, Fiji’s earnings from tourism indicate the spending of our international visitors and the figures are derived from an estimated average daily spend of visitors and the total visitor stays in Fiji.

Meanwhile compared with the June quarter of last year the major changes in the earnings were recorded whereby earnings from Australian visitors increased by 4.3 per cent or $8.9m to $215.1m contributing 44.8 per cent to the total.

The bureau also noted that earnings from New Zealand visitors decreased by 21.1 per cent or $28.9m to $108.2m contributing 22.5 per cent to the total.

Tourism earnings from US were up by 23.2 per cent or $9.1m to $48.4m contributing 10.1 per cent to the total and China was up by 216.9 per cent or $15.4m to $22.5m contributing to 4.7 per cent to the total.

Countries mentioned accounted for 82.1 per cent of earnings in the June quarter of 2018, an increase of 1.2 percentage point when compared with the same period last year.

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