Australian visitor numbers down

VISITOR arrivals from Fiji’s top visiting country, Australia, continued to drop for the past few months, a data from the Fiji Bureau of Statistics revealed.

For September, data showed that visitor arrivals from Australia was down by 3.9 per cent. This means a decrease of 1432 Australians visiting our shores.

Figures showed that about 35,478 Australians visited Fiji in September this year compared with 36,913 recorded in the same month last year.

Data also showed a drop of 2205 in the number of visitors from Australia in August this year. This is 3.9 per cent when compared with the corresponding month.

For July, Australian arrivals were down by 262 or 0.8 per cent when compared with the same month in 2015.

Visitor numbers were also down in June by 8.1 per cent or 2899 arrivals. This is the biggest drop this year.

A drop of 6.7 per cent was recorded for the month of February this year.

This is equivalent to a decrease by 1133 visitors for the same month last year.

Despite the drop in arrivals, Australians still top the list when compared with New Zealand who is tagged in second place.

However, the Kiwis arrivals increased every month this year.

It recorded an increase of 13.8 per cent in September this year. This is a boost of 2142 extra Kiwis.

For the month of August, it recorded 15 per cent increase in arrivals. This is an increase of 2695 to 20,647 from 17,952 recorded in the same month in 2015.

For July, the Kiwis recorded 15.5 per cent increase and 14.4 per cent increase in the month of June.

A total of 30.6 per cent of the Kiwis arrivals was recorded in February.

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