Fewer visitor arrivals in October

Arrivals for the month of October 2022 totalled 70,152 visitors, a decrease of 3.4 per cent as compared with September 2022 which saw the arrival of 72,657 visitors. Picture: SUPPLIED

Visitor arrivals to Fiji have seen a slight decrease in October this year according to a report by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics. Arrivals for the month of October 2022 totalled 70,152 visitors, a decrease of 3.4 per cent as compared with September 2022 which saw the arrival of 72,657 visitors.

Tourism has not fully returned to the norms of the pre-COVID era as arrivals for October of 2022 are 9.4 per cent lower than that of October 2019.

Nevertheless Australia, New Zealand and the USA remain the major source markets for Fiji as was the case from the pre-COVID era in 2019, accounting for 49 per cent, 28 per cent and 11 per cent of visitor arrivals, respectively, for October 2022.

According to the bureau, of the 70,152 visitors in October, 69,052 came by air while 1100 came by sea. Of the sea arrivals most were seamen on fishing vessels (1031) while 69 arrivals were by yacht.

The majority of visitors were in the age range of 25 to 64 years (64.1 per cent), which accounts for the vast majority of the working age population.

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