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 US$132.8 million, contributing 56.3 per cent of the total earnings, Fiji Times reports.
Fiji’s earnings from tourism stood at US$237.1 million for the December quarter of 2017, an increase of 2.3 per cent over the December quarter of 2016.
The bureau also highlighted that the December quarter of 2017 earnings was 9.1 per cent or US$23.5 million lower than the amount recorded for the September quarter of 2017.
Major changes were also recorded in tourism earnings from New Zealand whereby earnings increased by 2.1 per cent US$734,000) to US$35.1 million contributing 14.9 per cent to the total.
While earnings from the US increased by 2.9 per cent to US$17.4 million)contributing to 7.4 per cent to the total, earnings from Continental Europe went up by 2.3 per cent to US$10.8 million 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.