Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fiji smashes 27,000 Australian visitor arrival barrier with record breaking October performance

Fiji's record breaking Australian visitor arrival performance continues unabated with the South Pacific destination hosting a record smashing 27,500 plus Aussies last October.
Figures released this week by Tourism Fiji show a total of 27,531 Australians visited Fiji in October, that figure eclipsing the previous record set in September 2009 - 26,342 - by 1189.

The October 2009 result brings Fiji's Australian visitor tally for the year to 189,603, now just 2.3 per cent down on the 194,063 figure achieved for the January – October period last year,

Tourism Fiji Regional Director Australia Paresh Pant said he was confident this deficit would be fully corrected by year's end based on preliminary figures advised by the NTO's airline partners for November.

All of these, he said, had registered extremely positive load factors on the Australia-Fiji sector throughout the month and into early December.

"In the face of everything that has come our way in 2009, our Australian visitor arrivals figures have continued to build exponentially and are a huge cry from the huge drop we recorded in the first three months of this year," he said.

"From our side the fact that more than 27,500 Australians have chosen to visit Fiji in the space of just one month represents a huge vote of confidence from this market.

'Of equal importance, it is also recognition of the huge efforts Tourism Fiji and its industry colleagues have gone to in order to keep Fiji top of mind with the Australian travelling public."

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