20 Mar 2014

Report says tourist arrivals into Pacific steady

12:45 pm on 20 March 2014

Tourist arrivals into the Pacific have been steady according to the ANZ Asia Pacific Economics quarterly report.

The proliferation of a competitive airline industry and the ability to compare resorts, destinations and countries have driven down costs, making travel cheaper.

Data is sparse across the region, however the World Bank estimates arrivals into the Pacific through 2011 topped 1.5m people with an average annual growth rate of 4.9 per cent over the past decade.

The report says majority of these visitors were destined for Fiji, which was the recipient of 43 per cent of all visits in 2011.

It says most visitors, over 60 percent, still originate from Australia and New Zealand.

However, the report says the trend of growth in arrivals has declined.

In 2013, it reports arrivals to the Pacific grew 2.7 per cent, compared with 3.7 per cent in 2012.

It says these arrivals provide important foreign income for Pacific economies, while also contributing significantly to GDP in some.