Strong August result takes Fiji’s AU 2010 visitor arrivals past 178,000 mark

Helping to keep Fiji well on track for a record breaking year, more than 21,000 Australians visited the destination across August according to statistics released this week by the Fiji department of information.

The 21,451 total recorded for the month takes Fiji's January-August Australian visitor total to 178,171, a 31 per cent increase over the 135,726 recorded for the same period in 2009.

With Australian business for August constituting 44.7 per cent of total traffic, the result has again helped push Fiji's international January-August visitor arrivals to a record-breaking 398,395.

This represents an 18 per cent increase over the 337,554 achieved for the eight month period in 2009.

The positive Australian result was reflected across the board with all major international source markets showing growth across the eight month period.

This included New Zealand numbers which have shown an overall increase of 10.07 per cent to reach 63,665 for the year.

The US also experienced a 7.97 per cent increase to reach 37,262 for the year while the UK/Europe again remained in positive mode with January-August figures having increased overall by 2.07 per cent to reach 49,924.

The national tourist office's ongoing efforts in its key emerging markets were once again rewarded with visitor arrivals from China and India increasing by 31.7 per cent and 33.7 per cent, respectively, for the eight month period.

Taiwan business also increased by 31.4 percent across the eight month period.