Oceania records 7% growth in 2017

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The UNWTO, reported that 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%.

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.

In Fiji, annual visitor arrival numbers 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.

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