Drop in arrivals

VISITOR arrivals into the country stood at 62,648 in January of this year, a 3.5 decrease when compared with the same period last year.

The provisional visitor arrivals for January 2018 noted this decrease which mainly stemmed from the drop in visitors from China, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

There was also decrease for January 2018 when compared with a month earlier, December 2017 which raked in 77,430 visitors.

However, there were increases in the January 2018 visitor arrivals stemming from the rise in visitors from New Zealand, Continental Europe, Pacific Islands, US, Canada, Rest of Asia and South Korea.

Looking at the composition of January 2018 arrivals, visitors arriving for holiday purposes dominated this accounting for 72.7 per cent of total arrivals.

This was followed by this visiting Fiji for other reasons at 15.4 per cent, 8.5 per cent came to visit their friends or relatives and 3.4 per cent came for business purposes.

The tourist arrivals number, which was at 45,560 in January 2018, also dropped when compared with December 2017 (56,219) and January 2017 (47,144).

In the moving twelve monthly numbers ending January 2018, the bureau noted that the total number of visitors to Fiji increased by 5.1 per cent compared with the same period in 2017.

The moving six monthly numbers ending January 2018 also showed that visitor arrivals increased by 5.0 per cent compared with the corresponding period in 2017, up from 421,850 to 442,738.

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