The Fiji TimesEditorial Remark – Soaking within the solar and enjoyable instances

It’s encouraging to know that vacationer numbers projected to reach in Fiji in 2023 is about at 760,231.

That’s the phrase from the Ministry of Economic system in its Medium Time period Fiscal Technique 2024-2026 that was tabled in Parliament final week.

This, it says, shall be 85 per cent of pre-pandemic ranges.

A fast restoration of our tourism trade, it says, is important given the truth that it accounts for about 40 per cent of GDP. It’s important for our wider restoration prospects it notes.

Higher-than-expected rebound in customer arrivals in 2022, it says, means that final 12 months’s development estimate was barely upward biased.

“In 2022, customer arrivals totaled 636,312 about 71 per cent of pre-pandemic ranges with comparatively larger yields supporting robust development in tourism earnings. Based mostly on present traits and inspiring suggestions from trade stakeholders, customer arrivals are projected to achieve 760,231 or 85 per cent of pre-pandemic ranges by 2023, with a full return to pre-pandemic ranges by 2024.”

An extra development of three.0 per cent is projected for 2025.

Nonetheless, it says, draw back dangers to those forecasts have elevated with the approaching world recession and subsequent slowdown in Fiji’s main tourism supply markets.

We additionally be taught that customer arrivals for January this 12 months totalled 67,502, a lower of 10.7 per cent in contrast with December 2022 the place whole arrivals have been 75,580.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics introduced that of those guests, 66,539 got here by air whereas 963 got here by sea.

Our largest variety of guests got here from Australia and New Zealand.

Nearly all of guests have been within the age vary of 25-64 years, which accounts for the overwhelming majority of the working age inhabitants.

In saying that, we mirror on the significance of our picture as a secure vacationer vacation spot.

Once more, we are saying, we would like vacationers to like our nation.

We wish them to be reassured about their security, get pleasure from the great thing about our nation, and our hospitality.

We wish them to wish to come again for a vacation!

Because of this we should work collectively to make sure our guests discover happiness in Fiji.

We must always imply it after we say ‘sota story’.

We wish our guests to reside their goals proper right here, having fun with lovely scenes of swaying palm timber that present the again drop to clear blue waters making their limitless sweep up stretches of white sandy seashores round our islands.

We wish our guests to have memorable moments soaking within the solar, and having fun with breathtaking sunsets.

We all know what we should do!


The roll-on impression for industries linked to tourism is optimistic.

However it is going to imply working collectively to make our nation an ideal vacation spot.

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