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$300 million drop in earnings from tourism for June 2020 quarter compared to the March quarter

$300 million drop in earnings from tourism for June 2020 quarter compared to the March quarter

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 10/09/2020

The June quarter earnings for tourism for Fiji was $300 million or 98.6% lower than the amount recorded for the March quarter of 2020.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics says Fiji’s earnings from tourism indicate the spending of our international visitors.

The figure is derived from an estimated average daily spend of visitors or per diem and the total visitor days in Fiji.

A decrease of 99.2% was noted in Fiji’s earnings from tourism over the June quarter of 2019.

The earnings for the June 2020 quarter stood at $4.2 million while the 2019 June quarter tourism earning was $528.8 million.

The provisional visitor arrivals number of the March 2020 quarter for Fiji was 139,701 while the provisional arrivals for the June 2020 quarter stood at 1,800.

The bureau also says as a result of COVID-19 and the effect of it on business operation the survey response rate for the June quarter was 61%, 45 of the businesses responded out of the total 74.

The survey collects data on prices from hotels and resorts for the estimation of the per diem figure from earlier periods.

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