Tourism earnings increased in past 5 years

WHILE tourism earnings from Australia grew at an average rate of 4.7 per cent over the past five years, the average spending per visitor from the land Down Under had also increased by 3.5 per cent.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya highlighted this while responding to a question by Government MP Alvick Maharaj to elaborate on the most recent statistics on the source markets of tourism arrivals.

“In 2017, 365,689 Australians visited our shores, which is a 1.5 per cent increase when compared with 2016,” Mr Koya said.

“Compared with 2012, visitor arrivals from Australia have increased by 8.4 per cent and Australia continues to be our largest source market.”

When comparing earnings from Australian visitors, between 2012 and 2016, Mr Koya noted that there was a 25.2 per cent increase.

He, however, stressed the need to focus on deriving more yield per visitor which would be achieved through offering better and more tourism products which was being done “in a sustainable fashion”.

Mr Koya also expressed his concerns on comments by an aspiring opposition party candidate claiming Fiji had dropped in ranking on Australia’s outbound visitor destinations.

He said the aspiring candidate claimed Fiji’s ranking dropped to 10th place.

“Let me enlighten this House on how people grossly manipulate and withhold information on social media and sometimes in this House,” he said.

“Firstly, what the Opposition needs to understand is that there is a difference between a rank and the actual number of visitors to a country.

“A destination’s performance cannot be ascertained by the outbound figures of our source markets alone.”

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