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Published on : Monday, May 15, 2017
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation this week released the figures after the completion of its annual review of visitor arrivals for 2016. In the region, SPTO member countries Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu all received increased number of tourists in 2016 when compared to the same period the previous year.
Fiji was the top tourism destination in the region with 40% market share, followed by French Polynesia at 9.5%, PNG at 8.8%, Cook Islands and Samoa each with 7.2% and Palau at 6.8% share. The remaining 20 per cent was shared among all the other destinations in the region.
Visitors from Australia and New Zealand continued to dominate the arrivals in the region, accounting for 52 per cent of the total visitor arrivals in 2016.
For 2017, tourist arrivals to the Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries is expected to grow by 4.5% in 2017 based on a positive global outlook and continued growth in tourist arrivals from the region’s traditional and emerging source markets.