The South Pacific Tourism Organisation said tourist arrivals in the region grew by three percent in 2017 and reached a total of 2.1 million.
The organisation’s chief executive Chris Cocker said the increase of 65,000 tourists in 2017 helped to generate earnings of $US3.6 billion for the region last year.
Mr Cocker said the growth reflected increased connectivity, massive promotional campaigns and improved infrastructure developments, RNZI reports.
He said Fiji continued to lead the region as a tourism destination, attracting 39 percent of arrivals.
Second was French Polynesia followed by the Cook Islands, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Palau, New Caledonia, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.