As we head into Fiji’s summer season, warming sea water temperatures make us ask whether there might be coral bleaching this year. A student project, supported by communities and tourism operators, will attempt to answer this question between the months of January and June 2020.
Last year a group of researchers produced a 2-page snapshot fact-sheet that explained how, in 2019, bleaching happened but did not lead to large-scale coral death
This year Tiarana Mitchell and Taitusi Dradra, working with Marine Ecology Consulting, will be monitoring coral reefs in Suva, Beqa, Serua, the Coral Coast and the Yasawa islands at the start of our normal bleaching period (Jan/ Feb); at the height of our normal bleaching period (March/ April); and during our normal cooling phase (May/ June), to assess levels of coral death or recovery.
Results will be available through the FHTA website, as well as circulated directly, and are being reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch programme ().
They are assisting with accommodation and diving support by Reef Safari, Barefoot Manta Island; Diveaway at Hideaway Resort; Lawaki Beach House, Beqa island; Marine Ecology Consulting and Resort Support, Suva; and Serua Village, Serua Island.
We will keep you updated on this project as it progresses.
Helen Sykes, Stuart Gow, Tiarana Mitchell and Taitusi Dradra.
Market Watch is the South Pacific Tourism Organization’s monthly market intelligence summary exclusively for members. This monthly publication highlights the latest travel trends and resident departure movements in the key outbound travel markets for the Pacific, viz. Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, Asia, China and India.
*All information published in Market Watch is dependent on the availability of information from the relevant sources for each Source Market.
Monthly Market Watch December 2019 Brief – World Outbound Travel
In December 2019, an estimated 21.8 million international short term trips were undertaken worldwide, by eight international regions. This is a growth from last month’s international short term trips by 8.2% but a fall of 15.3% comparative to last year December.
Looking at total shares, USA leads the charge at 37.9%, followed by the Chinese at 22.9%. The United Kingdom lags behind at 17.5%, meanwhile in Asia, Singapore trails behind South Korea at 5.9% to 10.4% respectively. The minority of outgoing travellers from Australia, New Zealand and India capture the remaining 5.4%.Read more…
Compared to Quarter 3, 2018:
The number of Rooms Available increased by 6.0%.
The number of Rooms Sold increased by 8.4%.
The Room Occupancy Rate increased by 1.3 percentage points to 62.1%.
The number of Beds Available increased by 2.0%.
The number of Beds Sold increased by 6.5%.
The Bed Occupancy Rate increased by 2.4 percentage points to 57.8%.
Takings from Accommodation, Sales of Food, Liquor, Telephone and Other
Miscellaneous Charges totaled $371.4 million, an increase of 6.8%.
Paid Employment in the Hotel Sector increased by 3.2%.
Visitors arrival for the last 12 months increased by 2.6% in comparison to 2018, showing an increase in visitors from Japan (40.3% or 4,295), Rest of Asia (6.8% or 1,860), USA (12.3% or 10,528), NZ (4.1% or 8,063), UK (4.9% or 804), Canada (2.4% or 317) and Pacific Islands (2.6% or 1,364).
The YTD arrivals also reflect this modest increase from NZ (3.9%) USA (14.0%) Canada (0.5%), UK (6.6%), Japan (30.9%), Rest of Asia (10.4%), Pacific Is (5.9%), Other (6.4%) and a decrease from Australia (-0.1), Cont. Europe (-1.0), China (-3.7%) and South Korea (-8.7%).
The Fiji Bureau of Statistics has reported 893,585 overall visitor arrivals for its financial year of which the majority of visitors were Australians (40.0%) and 23.6% New Zealanders.
Provisional visitor’s arrivals for October totaled 77,467 a decrease of 2.0% compared to a year earlier.
Global economic prospects report downgraded its global growth forecast to 2.6% in 2019 from the 2.9% that was projected in Jan.
– Visitor arrivals increased by 6.5% in the year to May due to higher arrivals from NZ, Japan, the US, Australia and the Rest of Asia.
– New consumption lending by commercial banks’ rose by 7.8% in the year to May and new bank lending for investment purposes declined by 20.1%.
– Annual inflation was 2.1% in May unchanged from April but lower than the 5.1% in May last year.
– Liquidity fell by 10.2% in May to $323.2m on account of a decline in foreign reserves.
– In May, the Fiji dollar strengthened against the NZ dollar (+1.4%) and Australian (+1.0%) but weakened against the US (-1.05%), Japanese Yen (-2.9%) and the Euro (-0.6%). Read more…
The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), is undertaking an online Pacific Regional Tourism Employment Survey. Employment is one of the key benefits of tourism. Unlike many other industries, tourism employment is intensive, as it employs a lot of people. In fact, people are one of the greatest assets of a destination, and they generate many of the best memories that tourists take home with them.
The last employment survey conducted by SPTO was in 2014, recording a total of 61,400 employed in the tourism sector across 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs). However, it is important to review the current level of tourism employment in the PICs, useful for future sustainable planning, and ensuring that there are jobs for our generation, and future generations, in this important sector. The need to gain a deeper understanding on the current and future skills supply and demand in the tourism sector is also critical for the PICs, and that employment training needs are aligned.
For these reasons, the SPTO is undertaking the employment survey by asking business that provide goods and services to tourists to tell us about how many people they employ and what their current and future skills supply and demands are. SPTO kindly request the honor of your business to participate in this online survey by filling the attached form. All businesses that complete the survey will go into the draw where SPTO will be giving away an iPad in-box.
The surveyshould take 15 – 20 minutes, and will run till Sunday the 30th of June 2019. If you have further queries or need further clarifications, please contact Elizabeth Ragimana, Manager Research & Statistics, via email@example.com.
All information provided to the SPTO will remain highly confidential and only aggregated results will be published.
Can we ask you to be brutally honest and give us some fire-from-the-hip, real, candid feedback from you on the events. Just ‘it was all great’ is basically worthless to us, as you know, in terms of improving the event…