Tourism earnings up

FIJI’S tourism earnings from its major tourist market Australia increased by 2.5 per cent in December last year compared with the same period in 2016.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics released statistics on Fiji’s earnings on tourism for the December quarter of last year which highlighted that Fiji’s earnings from Australian tourists stood at $271.5 million, contributing 56.3 per cent of the total earnings.

Fiji’s earnings from tourism stood at $484.5m for the December quarter of 2017, an increase of 2.3 per cent or $11.0m over the December quarter of 2016.

The bureau also highlighted that the December quarter of 2017 earnings was 9.1 per cent or $48.2m lower than the amount recorded for the September quarter of 2017.

Meanwhile major changes were also recorded in tourism earnings from New Zealand whereby earnings increased by 2.1 per cent ($1.5m) to $71.8m contributing 14.9 per cent to the total.

While earnings from the US increased by 2.9 per cent ($1.0m) to $35.6m contributing to 7.4 per cent to the total, earnings from Continental Europe went up by 2.3 per cent ($0.5m) to $22.1m contributing 4.6 per cent to the total.

According to the bureau, these particular countries accounted for 83.2 per cent of earnings in the December quarter of 2017, an increase of 0.2 percentage point when compared with the December quarter of 2016.

Meanwhile Fiji’s earnings from tourism in 2017 stood at $1800.2m and according to the bureau earnings went up by 12.3 per cent ($197.3m) when compared with the 2016 figure of $1602.9m.

A comparison of earnings in 2017 with 2016 showed that major changes were recorded in earnings from countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Earnings from Australia increased by 12.3 per cent ($106.0m) to $969.1m contributing to 53.8 per cent of the total while earnings from New Zealand went up by 13.6 per cent or $34.3m to $286.4m, contributing to 15.9 per cent to the total.

Tourism earnings from the US increased by 11.6 per cent ($14.9m) to $143.1m contributing 7.9 per cent to the total earnings while earnings from Continental Europe increased by 11.3 per cent ($8.6m) to $84.5m contributing 4.7 per cent to the total earnings.

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