7% Growth in 2017 and healthy prospects for the future
According to the UNWTO, Oceania saw 7% growth in international tourist arrivals in 2017. Australia recorded 6.5% growth, New Zealand was up 5% and Fiji had a growth rate of 6.4%.
LEISURE TOURISM DRIVES AUSTRALIAN MARKET
There were 8.8 million visitor arrivals for year ending December 2017, an increase of 6.5% relative to the previous year. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, leisure arrivals (Holiday + VFR) continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 7% over the 12-month period.
In the 12 months to June 2017, double digit growth in holiday arrivals was seen from Indonesia (up 34.8%), India (up 20.6%), Malaysia (up 20.3%), Canada (up 18.6%), USA (up 18.2%), South Korea (up 17%) and Japan (up 16%).
International expenditure grew at a slower rate than arrivals, up 6.5% for the 12 months ending June 2017. China continues to be the highest spending market with total spend reaching $9.8 billion (up 9.8%) over the year. India was the fastest growing market for expenditure with total spend up 29.5%. Other key markets that showed good growth included Hong Kong (up 9.7%), Malaysia (up 11.2%) and Japan (up 14.7%) over the same period.
NEW ZEALAND: INTERNATIONAL VISITORS CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN NZ$10.5BN IN 2017
International tourism provided greater economic benefit to New Zealand in 2017 than ever before. Total spend was up 5% to $10.56bn according to the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) gures released by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Australian arrivals, New Zealand’s largest visitor market, topped the total spend for 2017 contributing $2.57 billion (+3%) to the New Zealand economy. This was followed by our largest Asian visitor market, China, with $1.46 billion.
FIJI: MONTHLY VISITORS TOP 90,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME
Fiji’s annual visitor arrival number reached a new high of 842,884 in 2017. This was 6.4% more than the previous record of 792,320 which was set in 2016. Contributing to the record level of visitor arrivals in 2017 were increases from the following countries; New Zealand (20,759 to 184,595), the United States of America (11,570 to 81,198), Australia (5,319 to 365,389), Rest of Asia (4,393 to 24,951), Paci c Islands (3,979 to 53,720), Continental Europe (2,722 to 34,368), South Korea (800 to 8,871), Canada (641 to 12,421), Other Countries (379 to 4,730), United Kingdom (213 to 16,925) and Japan (76 to 6,350).