FIJI RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF TOURISTS

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2010 April arrivals exceed all previous years

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 9,2010) - Fiji recorded its highest ever number of tourist arrivals in April, according to Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sayed-Khaiyum in a press conference said that 44,496 visitors came to Fiji in April compared with 39,302 in the same month last year.

"The highest ever visitors we recorded in the month of April was in 2006, however we have surpassed those figures this year," he said.

Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a strong growth in arrivals from Australia and New Zealand.

"Australia has grown very strongly by 19.6 percent while NZ has grown 11.2 percent."

The minister also highlighted United States figures which in the previous months had been decreasing, had gone up by 26.2 percent in April.

"Overall we have seen the numbers have grown for the first quarter that is from January to April compared to the same period with China, India and Taiwan continuing to grow."

Sayed-Khaiyum said the tourism industry and government will continue with their efforts to grow the traditional markets of Australia and New Zealand but will also focus elsewhere.

"We need to increase our percentages from other countries as well so that we can spread our risks," he said.

He however noted that arrivals from Canada and Japan continued to decrease and attributed it mainly to the global financial crisis and the stopping of direct flights to Japan.

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