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1 QUARTERLY REVIEW OF TOURIST ARRIVALS IN PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES QUARTER 1, 217 I June, 217

2 Report prepared by : Research & Statistics Division Contacts : Elizabeth Ragimana Jennifer Butukoro Published by the: South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) GPO Box Suva, FIJI Telephone : (679) Facsimile : (679) Telex : 236 FJ Copyright 217 South Pacific Tourism Organization June 217 II

3 Table of Contents Contents Preface Definition and Concepts Sources of Information Pages V VI VI 1. World Overview 1 2. Tourist Arrivals in the Pacific ACP & SPTO Member Countries 2 3. Market Performances 5 Australian Market 5 New Zealand Market 6 United States of America Market 8 United Kingdom Market 9 Europe Market 1 Japanese Market 12 Chinese Market 13 Asia Market 14 Pacific Islands Market 16 Countries Market Destination Analysis 19 (Only countries with actual data) 19 American Samoa 2 Cook Islands 21 Fiji 23 French Polynesia 23 Kiribati 24 New Caledonia 24 Palau 25 PNG 27 Solomon Islands 28 Timor Leste 3 Tonga 3 Tuvalu 32 Vanuatu 33 III

4 Tables & Figures Figure W1: World Tourist Arrivals by % Growth, Quarter Table R1: Tourist Arrivals to Pacific ACP and SPTO Member Countries, Quarter 1, Figure R1: Tourist Arrivals in Pacific ACP and SPTO Member Countries, Quarter 1, Table R2:Tourist Arrivals in Pacific ACP and SPTO Member Countries by Source Market, Q1, Figure R2: Tourist Arrivals in Pacific ACP and SPTO Member Countries by Source Market, Q1, Table R3: Australian Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R3: Destination Share (%) of the Australian Market, Quarter 1, Table R4: New Zealand Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R4: Destination Share (%) of the New Zealand Market, Quarter 1, Table R5: USA Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R5: Destination Share (%) of the USA Market, Quarter 1, Table R6: UK Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R6: Destination Share (%) of the UK Market, Quarter 1, Table R7: Europe Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R7: Destination Share (%) of the Europe Market, Quarter 1, Table R8: Japanese Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R8: Destination Share (%) of the Japanese Market, Quarter 1, Table R9: Chinese Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R9: Destination Share (%) of the Chinese Market, Quarter 1, Table R1: Asia Market by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R1: Destination Share (%) of Asia Market, Quarter 1, Table R11; Pacific Islands by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R11; Destination Share (%) of the Pacific Islands Market, Quarter 1, Table R12; Countries by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Figure R12; Destination Share (%) of Countries Market, Quarter 1, Figure C1: Tourist Arrivals in American Samoa by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C2: Tourist Arrivals in American Samoa by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C3: Tourist Arrivals in Cook Islands by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C4: Tourist Arrivals in Cook Islands by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C5: Tourist Arrivals in Fiji by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C6: Tourist Arrivals in Fiji by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C7: Tourist Arrivals in French Polynesia by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C8: Tourist Arrivals in Kiribati by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C9: Tourist Arrivals in Kiribati by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C1: Tourist Arrivals in New Caledonia by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C11: Tourist Arrivals in Palau by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C12: Tourist Arrivals in Papua New Guinea by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C13: Tourist Arrivals in Papua New Guinea by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C14: Tourist Arrivals in Solomon Islands by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C15: Tourist Arrivals in Solomon Islands by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C16: Tourist Arrivals in Timor Leste by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C17: Tourist Arrivals in Tonga by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C18: Tourist Arrivals in Tonga by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C19: Tourist Arrivals in Tuvalu by Source Market, Quarter 1, Figure C19: Tourist Arrivals in Tuvalu by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, Figure C2: Tourist Arrivals in Vanuatu by Source Market, Quarter 1, IV

5 PREFACE The Quarterly Review of Tourist Arrivals in Pacific Island Countries for First Quarter of 217 is published by the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO). This report presents a review of tourist arrivals in Pacific Island countries in the First Quarter of 217 with comparative analysis over the preceding quarter and the corresponding period of the previous year. Of the Seventeen Pacific Island countries, thirteen responded with the required data. The remaining countries either submitted partial data or did not submit data at all. SPTO will continue its efforts to collect data from all member countries for inclusion in the next quarterly review. In addition to this regular publication, SPTO also produces: the pocket-sized SPTO Facts & Figures Air and Cruise Visitor Survey reports that have been implemented in some selected Pacific Island countries Monthly Market Intelligence Newsletter Annual Visitor Arrivals Review Report Key highlights Global Tourism performances remained solid in the first four months of 217 with international travels projected at 5.7% growth during the period. International Visitor Arrivals (IVA) to the Asia and the Pacific region grew by 5.6% in the First Quarter of 217 boosted by solid growth in IVA to China and India. Visitor arrivals to the Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries fell by 13.8% to 442,367 in the First Quarter from 512,931 in the Fourth Quarter of 216, but up.9% over the same period last year. Fiji, French Polynesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) were the top three destinations in the March Quarter with arrival shares of 36.9%, 9.4% and 8.2%, respectively. Arrivals from major source markets in March Quarter dropped by 1.6% against the December Quarter but up.8% over the corresponding quarter of 216. Australia and New Zealand remained the region s two lead markets in the First Quarter at 27.8% and 15.4% share, respectively. In this edition, o the coverage of tourist arrivals data analysis widened by including Timor Leste o the source markets analysis expanded with the inclusion of Countries section. V

6 DEFINITION AND CONCEPTS The Regional Conference on Measuring Tourism held in Nadi in March 214 under the auspices of the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) agreed to adopt the following definitions and terms recommended by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and United Nations Statistical Office in the compilation of tourism statistics: The term tourist describes a person visiting a country other than that in which he/she has his/her usual place of residence for any reason other than following an occupation remunerated from within the country visited. The definition covers two categories of tourists, namely, Tourist: Tourist staying in the country visited for at least one night and not more than one year. However, the term tourist is also used in the text of this report interchangeably for better reading but with the same meaning. Excursionist: Tourist who does not stay overnight in the country visited this report does not include this. SOURCES OF INFORMATION All sources of statistical information contained in this publication are acknowledged at the foot of each table mainly the national statistical offices and national tourism offices. The source of information for tourist arrival statistics in all member countries is the E/D(Embarkation/Disembarkation) immigration arrival card. All 17 PIC member countries of SPTO have different E/D arrival card containing the required categories of information, which help distinguish tourists from other passengers and compile statistics according to the internationally accepted definitions and concepts to facilitate inter-country comparisons. The Regional Conference on Measuring Tourism held in Nadi in 214 proposed the introduction of standard E/D Cards for Pacific ACPs and SPTO Member Countries, however, these introductions have yet to be made. VI

7 International Travels (% change) 1. World Overview The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer 1, pointed to another solid growth in tourism in the first four months of 217. Global International travels were projected at rising by 6.7% in January to April of 217 compared to the corresponding period in 216. The positive outturn largely reflected the strong demand for international travels with reports of international travel reservations rising by 7% during the period. By UNWTO regions, Europe was projected at recording the highest growth in international travels by 11.8% in the first four months of 217. This followed by Africa and Middle East regions with international travels expected in rising by 5.8% over the period. For the Asia and the Pacific region, international travels was expected at increasing by 5.6% while the America s anticipated by gaining 4.2% growth on international travels during the period. See Figure W1 for details. Figure W1: International Travel by Percent (%) Change over the same period of the previous year Global Africa Europe Asia & Pacific Americas. Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer Jan-April 217 By interregional traffic, the Asia and the Pacific anticipated in benefiting from the strong growth in international travels to the region from the Americas by 12.3%, Europe 7.3% and within the region by 3.4%. Domestic travel within the Asia and the Pacific region expected to remain strong, fuelled by India and China, increasing by 25% in the first four months of 217. Consistent with UNWTO projections, the Pacific Asia Travel Association Quarterly Tourism Monitor indicated international visitor arrivals to the 29 Asia Pacific destinations rose by 5.6% to 88.5 million in the first quarter of 217 over the corresponding quarter last year 2. 1 UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, Volume 15 January The PATA Quarterly Tourism Monitor, 1Q 217 1

8 2. Tourist Arrivals in the Pacific ACP & SPTO Member Countries 3 Tourist arrivals in the Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries² in the First Quarter of 217 fell by a further 13.8% (or 7,565) to 442,367 arrivals following the 1.1% decline in the December Quarter of 216. The marked fall reflected various factors including low seasonality period and unfavourable weather conditions arising from cyclones, heavy rain and flooding during the first three months of the year that disrupted flights and intended travellers to the region. Consequently, tourist arrivals to the region dropped, dragged down by considerably decline in arrivals to Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Fiji, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and to a lesser fall, American Samoa. This outweighed the increasing arrivals to Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor Leste during the quarter. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 216, tourist arrivals to the region rose.9% with Kiribati showing the highest growth, albeit at a much smaller base. Table R1: Tourist Arrivals to Pacific ACP and SPTO Member Countries, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % change % share Q1 Q4R Q1 Q1217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 America Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: SPTO, NTOs and NSOs R denotes Revised. Data in red are SPTO estimates 3 American Samoa, Peoples Republic of China, Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu ²Data unavailable for FSM, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue and Samoa 2

9 Tourist Arrivals % On market shares, Fiji maintained its supremacy as the lead tourism destination in the region with 36.9% share in the First Quarter of 217. However, this was below the 4.3% share recorded in the December quarter of 216. The second highest, French Polynesia accounted for 9.4%, followed by Papua New Guinea at 8.2%, Samoa at an estimated 7.8%, Palau at 6.9%, Timor Leste 6.6%, Cook Islands 6.5% and New Caledonia at 6.1%. The remaining 11.6% was shared among all the other destinations in the region. The summary is presented in Table R1 and Figure R1. Figure R1: Tourist Arrivals to Pacific ACP and SPTO Member Countries, Quarter 4, America Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesi a Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledoni a Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timo Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu 216 Q Q Q % change Q1 17/Q % change Q1 17/ Q % share Q Source: NTOs, NSOs & SPTO The region s major source markets following the 1.2% fall in the December Quarter of 216, dropped further by 1.6% (or 52,664) to 442,62 in the First Quarter of 217. The deceleration was underlined by drastic fall in the Pacific s two leading source markets, Australia and New Zealand by 24.5% and 31.7%, respectively. The decline in arrivals from Europe by 21.9%, Countries 11%, Pacific Islands 7.5% and USA by.1% also attributed to the decline. By contrast, tourist arrivals from the Asian source market namely China, Japan and other Asian markets rose in the first quarter over the December Quarter. The positive outturn mirrored the 5.6% growth in international visitor arrivals to the Asia and the Pacific region during the quarter. Against the same quarter in 216, arrivals by major source markets to the region however rose by.8% or 3329 higher. Of the total arrivals to the region in the First Quarter, Australia and New Zealand as the leading markets for the region recorded shares of 27.8% and 15.6%, respectively. USA, the third highest source market overtaking Europe registered share of 1.8%, followed by Asia at 1.4%, Europe recorded 8.8% while China and Pacific Islands registered shares of 8.3% and 8.2%, respectively. The other source markets made up the remaining 1.2% at the end of the First quarter. Details are clearly shown in Table R2 and Figure R2. 3

10 Tourist Arrivals % Table R2: Tourist Arrivals to Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries by Source Market, Q Absolute Change % Change % 216 share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 Australia NZ USA UK Europe China Japan Asia Pacific Islands Countries Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Figure R2: Tourist Arrivals to Pacific ACP and SPTO Member countries by Source Market, Q1, Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Australia NZ USA UK Europe China Japan Asia Pacific Islands Countrie s 216 Q Q Q % Change Q1 17/Q % Change Q1 17/Q % share Q

11 3. Market Performance Australian Market Australian tourists visited the region declined further by 24.4% (or 39,677) to 123,59 in the First Quarter of 217 following the 2.% fall in the December Quarter of 216. The backdrop against the previous quarter reflected reports of Australian travellers at 8% opted for long haul destinations over 18% of short haul trips during the quarter. The devastated tropical cyclone in Australia with unfavourable weather conditions in the region over the quarter disrupting intended travellers also attributed to the fall. On drivers, the deceleration was driven by significant fall in Australian tourist arrivals to Tonga by 54.5%, Cook Islands 42.4%, New Caledonia 38.5%, Vanuatu 33.4%, Solomon Islands 31.5%, Fiji 3.9%, Kiribati 25.3%, Palau 23.8%, French Polynesia 18.8%, and to a lesser extent American Samoa by.5%. Meanwhile, Australian tourist arrivals to PNG and Tuvalu rose by 2% and 21%, respectively. Compared to the March quarter in 216, Australian tourist to the region also fell by 1.1% with the highest fall emanating from Palau by 44%. Table R3: Australian Tourists by Destination and Destination Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % 5 share Q1 217 Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO. Data in red are SPTO estimates R, denotes Revised. On market shares, Fiji continued to dominate and fared the highest number of Australian arrivals with more than half of the total arrivals at 56.2% share. Papua New Guinea maintained the second highest share at 13.2%, up from 1.1% in the previous quarter, and Vanuatu the third highest at

12 7.8%. All the other destinations accounted for the remaining 22.7% share. Details are shown in Table R3 and Figure R3. Figure R3: Destination Share (%) of the Australian Market, Quarter 1, 217 Solomon Islands 1.5% Timo Leste 3.3% Samoa 5.8% Tonga 1.4% Tuvalu.1% Vanuatu 7.8% American Samoa.2% Cook Islands 3.6% FSM.1% Niue.1% Palau.1% New Caledonia 3.1% Nauru 1.8% Marshall Islands.1% French Polynesia 1.5% PNG 13.2% Kiribati.% Fiji 56.2% New Zealand Market The region received 69,74 New Zealand tourists in the March quarter of 217. This showed a further 31.7% (32,11) decline against the 11,174 arrivals in December quarter of 216. The drastic fall against the previous quarter partly reflected the 34% decline in outbound New Zealand residents to the region over the period. Driving the fall, was the considerable slid in New Zealand tourists to Tuvalu by 65.9%, Kiribati 59%, Vanuatu 55%, Tonga 48.4%, New Caledonia 46.5%, Fiji 4%, Cook Islands 31.2%, Solomon Islands 26.2% and French Polynesia down by 4.4%. This outweighed the increase in New Zealand arrivals to American Samoa, and PNG. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 216, arrivals from this source market was up by 1.6%. Growth was driven mainly by increasing New Zealand tourists to American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia and Timor Leste. On market shares, Fiji received the highest from this market at 34.4%. However, this was lower than the 4.% share registered in the preceding quarter. The second highest Cook Islands received 24.1% of this market share, followed by Samoa at an estimated 22.3%, and Tonga at 6.1%. The remaining 13.1% was shared among all the other countries. Table R4 and Figure R4 illustrates more details. 6

13 Table R4: New Zealand Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO. Data in red are SPTO estimates Figure R4: Destination Share (%) of the New Zealand Market Timo Leste.4% Solomon Islands.4% PNG 2.6% Palau Niue.% 2.2% Samoa 22.3% Tonga 6.1% Tuvalu.1% Vanuatu 1.8% Cook Islands 24.1% FSM.1% American Samoa 1.1% New Caledonia 1.7% Marshall Islands.% Kiribati.1% Nauru.4% French Polynesia 2.% Fiji 34.4% 7

14 USA Market Tourist arrivals from the USA market fell by.1% to 47,55 in March Quarter following consecutive decline in the past two quarters. The drop against the previous quarter was driven mainly by reduction in USA tourists to Fiji by 6.6%, Palau 7.3%, PNG 6.8%, Solomon Islands 29.9%, Vanuatu 26.7% and Tonga with the highest slump by 44.7%. This more than offset the increasing USA arrivals to Kiribati by 83.9%, Cook Islands 12.5%, French Polynesia 8.8%, American Samoa 6.1%, Tuvalu 3.2% and New Caledonia surging by more than two fold. Against the March quarter of 216, USA arrivals to the region increased by 9.2% with Kiribati again showing the fastest growth, albeit from a much smaller base. Details are clearly shown in Table R5. Table R5: USA Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Note: Data unavailable for Nauru. Data in red are SPTO estimates. Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO In terms of share, majority of the USA tourists at 36.1% visited Fiji during the First Quarter of 217. However, this was below the 38.1% share recorded in the December quarter. The second highest, French Polynesia recorded shares of 34.1%, followed by Samoa at an estimated 5.4%, Palau 4.3% and Cook Islands by 4.2%. All the other countries accounted for the remaining 16.%. Details are clearly shown in Table R5 and Figure R5. 8

15 Figure R5: Destination Share (%) of the USA Market Niue.1% Solomon Islands.5% New Caledonia.3% Kiribati 1.1% PNG 3.3% Marshall Islands.9% Nauru.% Samoa 5.4% Palau 4.3% Tonga 2.3% French Polynesia 34.1% Timor Leste 1.% Tuvalu.1% Vanuatu 1.2% Fiji 36.1% Cook Islands 4.2% American Samoa FSM 2.2% 3.% United Kingdom Market Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom rebounded strongly by 1.% (or 734) in the First Quarter of 217 to 8,59 arrivals compared to the 7.5% decline in December Quarter of 216. Driving this growth was the increase in UK tourists to Cook Islands by 56.2%, Tuvalu 15.2%, Solomon Islands 12.2%, PNG 2.5% and Fiji rising by 1.1%. This outweighed the drop in UK tourists to American Samoa, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Palau and Tonga. Compared to the corresponding Quarter of 216, UK tourist arrivals however fell by 25.4% with PNG showing the highest fall by 73.3%. Table R6: UK Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands

16 Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Total Note: Data unavailable in all Quarters for unlisted countries. Data in red are SPTO estimates Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO On market shares, more than half of the total UK tourists at 52.5% visited Fiji during the March Quarter. However, this was below the 57.7% share registered in the preceding quarter. Cook Islands the second highest received 11.5%, overtaking PNG and French Polynesia which reduced to shares of 9.5% and 9.2% respectively during the quarter. The remaining 17.3% was shared among all other destinations in the region. Details are illustrated in Table R6 and Figure R6. Figure R6: Destination Share (%) of the UK Market Solomon Islands 1.1% Samoa 5.9% Niue.4% New Caledonia 1.7% Nauru.% Marshall Islands.3% Kiribati.5% French Polynesia 9.2% Timor Leste 3.4% Palau 1.9% PNG 9.5% Tonga Tuvalu 1.7%.2% Vanuatu.% Cook Islands 11.5% Fiji 52.5% FSM.% American Samoa.3% European Market Tourist arrivals from the European Market to the region fell further by 21.9% (or 1,848) to 38,712 arrivals in the March Quarter following consecutive drop in the past two quarters. Mirroring, the fall was reports of outbound European travellers at 55% opted for short haul trips of -3 days during the quarter. On drivers, the backdrop against the December quarter of 216 stemmed from significant fall in European tourists to New Caledonia by 4.4%, Vanuatu 39.8%, Solomon Islands 38.2%, French Polynesia 37.9%, Tonga 21.6%, Palau 18.3%, American Samoa 13.9%, Fiji 6.3% with estimated fall from FSM and Nauru. Meanwhile, European tourists to Cook Islands, Kiribati, PNG and Tuvalu increased during the First Quarter of 217. The latter showed the fastest growth by 59.1% albeit from a much smaller base. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 216, European tourists to the region also fell by 7.8% with Vanuatu showing the highest slump at 44.9% during the quarter. 1

17 Table R7: European Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Note: Data in red are SPTO estimates Figure R7; Destination Share (%) of the Europe Market Solomon Islands.5% Samoa 2.5% PNG 4.2% Niue.2% Timo Tonga Leste 1.1% Tuvalu Vanuatu.1% 3.8% 7.1% Palau 3.7% New Caledonia 23.1% American Samoa.2% FSM 1.4% Fiji 2.4% French Polynesia 24.9% Cook Islands 6.5% Nauru.1% Marshall Islands.1% Kiribati.1% 11

18 On market shares, French Polynesia received the highest at 24.9% of the total European tourists, overtaking New Caledonia which reduced to 23.1% from 27.4% share in the December quarter. The third highest Fiji accounted for 2.4%, followed by Timor Leste at 7.1% and Cook Islands at 6.5%. The remaining 17.9% was shared amongst all the other countries in the region. See Table R7 and Figure R7 for further details. Japanese Market Japanese tourists visited the region rebounded strongly by 27.4% (or 5189) to 24,96 arrivals in the First Quarter of 217. The upturn was driven by surge in Japanese tourists to New Caledonia by 54.5%, French Polynesia 33.4%, Fiji 33.4%, Tonga 21.7%, Palau 13.4% and PNG by 1%. By contrast, Japanese tourists to American Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu fell during the quarter. Against the March quarter of 216, Japanese tourists to the region fell by 1.4% with Palau recorded the highest fall by 22.9%. See details in Table R8. Table R8: Japanese Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Note: Data unavailable for Nauru. Data in red are SPTO estimates On market shares, majority of the Japanese tourists visited New Caledonia at 34.5% overtaking Palau which reduced to 31.1% from 35.5% in the December quarter. The third main destination for this source market, French Polynesia accounted for 15.4% and Fiji at 7.3%. All the other countries accounted for the remaining 11.5% share. Details are shown in Table R8 and Figure R8. 12

19 Figure R8: Destination Share (%) of the Japanese Market Samoa.6% Solomon Islands.6% PNG 3.7% Timo Leste Tonga 1.8%.8% Palau 31.1% Niue.1% Tuvalu.1% Fiji 7.3% Vanuatu.8% French Polynesia 15.6% New Caledonia 34.5% FSM 2.1% American Samoa.% Cook Islands.4% Kiribati.2% Marshall Islands.3% Nauru.% Chinese Market Chinese tourists, after a weak growth in the December Quarter rebounded strongly by 26.7% (or 7743) to 36,772 arrivals in the March Quarter of 217. The surge partly reflected reports of million Chinese taking long-haul vacations in the Southern hemisphere in search for cleaner atmosphere to escape the thick blanket of smog in Beijing earlier this year. On drivers, the positive performance against the previous quarter stemmed from increasing Chinese tourists destined to French Polynesia rising at more than two fold. Growth was also driven by significant increase in Chinese tourists to Cook Islands by 56.9%, Tuvalu 47.1%, American Samoa 28.2%, PNG 21.9%, Vanuatu 6.2%, and Fiji and Palau rebounding by 17.5% and 12.8%, respectively. Compared to the corresponding quarter in 216, Chinese tourist to the region however fell by 12.4%. The highest drop was New Caledonia falling by 4.2% while Tonga showed the fastest pace by 43.3%. Table R9: Chinese Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG

20 Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Note: Data unavailable for Nauru. Data in red are SPTO estimates On market shares, of the total Chinese tourists, the majority at 36.7% to 1346 arrivals visited Fiji. Palau the second highest for Chinese market accounted for 34.8% to arrivals, followed by Papua New Guinea at 7.3% and Timor Leste at 6.4%. The remaining 14.9% share was distributed among all the other regional countries. Details are shown in Table R9 and Figure R9. Figure R9: Destination Share (%) of the Chinese Market Timor Leste 6.4% Solomon Islands.6% Samoa 2.2% Tonga.9% PNG 7.3% Tuvalu.1% American Samoa.2% Fiji 36.7% Vanuatu 2.3% Cook Islands.7% FSM 1.4% Palau 34.8% New Caledonia.1% Kiribati Marshall Islands Niue Nauru.1%.1%.%.% French Polynesia 6.3% Asia Market Tourist Arrivals from Asia Market 4 to the region increased significantly by 82.7% to 46,56 arrivals in the First Quarter of 217 as opposed to the 1.1% fall in the previous quarter. The surge was boosted by significant increase in Asian tourists to Papua New Guinea by 44.8% and Palau by 9.5%. Improved data coverage with the inclusion of Timor Leste tourist arrivals of 18,221 from Asia Market also partly explained the positive movement during the quarter. Compared to March quarter of 216, Asian tourists to the region also increase by 14.5% with Tuvalu and Cook Islands showing the fastest growth by 56.3% and 53.1%, respectively. 4 Asia Market include India, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore 14

21 Table R1: Asia Market Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Note: Data in red are SPTO estimates On market shares, Timor Leste received the highest arrivals from the Asian Market by 39.6% to 18,221 with Indonesia arrivals accounting for 85% of this market due to its proximity. PNG the second highest received 18.2% of the Asian market to 8392 arrivals. This followed by Fiji and Palau with shares of 16.5% and 13.2% respectively. The remaining 12.6% was shared among all the other destination in the region. Figure R1: Destination Share (%) of Asia Market Tonga.3% Tuvalu.2% Solomon Islands 1.6% Vanuatu.% Timor Leste 39.6% Samoa 2.3% PNG 18.2% American Samoa.3% Fiji 16.5% Palau 13.2% Cook Islands.3% French Polynesia FSM 1.9% 3.8% Kiribati.1% Niue.% Marshall Islands.2% Nauru.4% New Caledonia 1.1% 15

22 Pacific Islands Tourist arrivals within the Pacific region dropped by 7.5% in the March quarter to 36,18 arrivals from 38,921 arrivals witnessed in the December quarter. The downturn was driven mainly by slump within the Pacific arrivals to Tonga by 38.7%, Solomon Islands 36.3%, Tuvalu 33.1%, Kiribati 28.7%, New Caledonia 24.1%, Cook Islands 15.8%, French Polynesia 12.1%, and American Samoa and Vanuatu each by 6.6%. This more than offset the increasing tourists to Palau, with the fastest growth by 99%, PNG 37.3%, and Fiji by 5.5% with estimated growth from Marshall Islands and Niue. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 216, tourist arrivals within the Pacific Island countries rose by 23%. Growth in tourist arrivals to American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attributed to the positive outcome. Table R11: Pacific Islands Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Note: Data in red are SPTO estimates With regards to market shares, Fiji continued to dominant this market with 38.9%. Samoa the second highest represented estimated shares of 14.7%, followed by Vanuatu at 12.5%, New Caledonia 9.1% and American Samoa at 6.1%. All the other countries represented the remaining 18.7% share of which PNG accounted for 4.5%. 16

23 Figure R11: Destination Share (%) of Pacific Island Countries Market Tonga 1.6% Tuvalu.5% American Samoa 6.1% Cook Islands 1.% FSM 1.4% Niue.2% Palau.5% Timo Leste.1% Solomon Islands 2.8% PNG 4.5% Samoa 14.7% Vanuatu 12.5% Fiji 38.9% New Caledonia 9.1% Marshall Islands.7% Nauru.8% Kiribati.8% French Polynesia 3.8% Countries In March Quarter of 217, visitor arrivals elsewhere dropped by 11% to 12,763 from the preceding quarter. Driving the fall was decline in tourists from Countries to Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Palau, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tuvalu with the highest fall by 92.2%. This outweighed the increase in arrivals elsewhere to American Samoa, Cook Islands and PNG. Compared to the March Quarter of 216, arrivals from Countries around the globe slumped by 8.6% with Kiribati showing the highest fall by 65.2%. Table R12: Countries Tourists by Destination and Share, Quarter 1, Absolute Change % Change % share Countries Q1 Q4 Q1 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217/ Q4 216 Q1 217/ Q1 216 Q1 217 American Samoa Cook Islands FSM Fiji French Polynesia Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru New Caledonia Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Timor Leste

24 Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Total Source: NTOs, NSOs and SPTO Note: Data in red are SPTO estimates Figure R12: Destination Share (%) of Countries Market Solomon Islands 1.% Timor Leste 3.9% Samoa 3.3% Palau 1.5% Niue.1% New Caledonia 4.% Nauru.4% Marshall Islands.8% PNG 6.2% Kiribati.4% Tonga.8% Tuvalu.1% French Polynesia 28.6% Vanuatu 4.9% Cook Islands 1.% FSM.9% Fiji 32.7% American Samoa.5% 18

25 Tourist Arrivals % 4. Destination Analysis In this section, only regional member countries that provided complete Quarter 1, 217 data in time were reported. American Samoa In First Quarter of 217, tourist arrivals to American Samoa declined by 2.2% to 4,622 arrivals from 4,717 arrivals in Fourth Quarter of 216. The fall was mainly attributed to decrease in arrivals from Japan by 53.8%, Asia 5.4%, UK 47.7%, Philippines 39.2%, Europe 13.9%, Pacific Islands 6.6%, Countries 4.4% and Australia falling by.5%. Meanwhile, in comparison to Quarter 1, 216, arrivals to American Samoa grew by 8.8%. Growth was mainly driven by increasing tourists from Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Countries with the highest growth. In terms of market shares, majority of these tourists were from other Pacific Islands and accounted for 47.4% to 2,189 of the total tourist arrivals in the First Quarter. The second highest, of 1,5 tourists came from the USA and this made up 22.7% of the market share. New Zealand tourists the third highest represented 17.2% of the share, while all other countries accounted for the remaining 12.7% share. Details are shown in Figure C1. Figure C1: Tourist Arrivals in American Samoa by Source Market, Quarter 1, Australia NZ USA Canada UK Europe Philippine s China Japan Asia Pacific Islands Countries Total Quarter Quarter Quarter % change Q1 over Q % change Q1 over Q % share Q Source: American Samoa Statistics Division, Dept. of Commerce Analysis by purpose of visit revealed that majority of tourists to American Samoa in the March Quarter were visiting friends and relatives (VFR) and this segment registered a share of 52.1% while 26.4% of tourists were visiting for leisure purposes. Business tourists accounted for 18.4% while 3% was made up of tourists visiting American Samoa for other purposes. In terms of growth over the previous quarter, business and other purposes grew by 21.2% and 21.9% respectively while leisure and VFR declined. Against the March quarter of 216, only business tourists fell by 5.8% while Leisure, VFR and other segments increased. Details are illustrated in Figure C2. 19

26 Tourist Arrivals % Tourist Arrivals % Figure C2: Tourist Arrivals in America Samoa, by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, 217 5, 4,5 4, 3,5 3, 2,5 2, 1,5 1, 5 Source: American Samoa Statistics Division, Dept. of Commerce Leisure VFR Business s Total 216 Quarter 1 1,13 2, , Quarter 4 1,242 2, , Quarter 1 1,222 2, ,622 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Cook Islands In Quarter 1, 217, Cook Islands received 28,661 tourists to its shores marking a decline of 25.5% from the previous quarter. The deceleration stemmed from significant fall in inbounds from Australia by 42.4%, Japan 41.7%, New Zealand 31.1%, Asia 18.3%, Pacific Islands 15.8% and to a lesser extent countries falling by 3.8%. Compared to March quarter of 216, arrivals to Cook Islands however grew by 18.1% with USA recording the highest growth by 58.5%, Asia 53.7%, Japan 49.2% and Countries rising by 42.3%. Arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, China, Canada and Europe to this destination also grew over the corresponding quarter last year. On monthly trends, the months of January and February have seen a growth in tourist arrivals over the same months last year and the year before in 215. The New Zealand market has been dominating this growth boosted by changes in travelling habits and competitive airfares introduced by additional airlines servicing the route during the period. Figure C3: Tourist Arrivals in Cook Islands by Source Market, Quarter 1, Source: Cook Islands Statistics Office Australia New Zealand USA Canada UK Europe China Japan 2 Asia Pacific Islands Countrie s 216 Quarter Quarter Quarter % change Q1 over Q % change Q1 over Q % share Q Total

27 Tourist Arrivals % With regards to market shares, New Zealand, despite the fall in arrivals during the quarter continued to be the dominant source market for this destination with a share of 58.1%. Australia and Europe registered 15.6% and 8.8% shares respectively. All the other source markets accounted for the remaining 17.5%. Details are illustrated in Figure C3. Figure C4: Tourist Arrivals in Cook Islands by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, , 4, 35, 3, 25, 2, 15, 1, 5, Leisure VFR Business s Total 216 Quarter 1 21,8 1, , Quarter 4 31,376 4,85 1,225 1,58 38, Quarter 1 24,789 2, ,661 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Source: Cook Islands Statistics Office Compared to Quarter 4, 216, all segments in the First Quarter of 217 registered decline with VFR and other purposes recorded the highest slump by 51.1% and 41.6% respectively. Arrivals of leisure visitors dropped by 21% while business visitors dipped by 26.2%. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 216, all segments surged with other purposes showing the highest growth by 2.5%. Disaggregating by shares, leisure dominated arrivals with share of 86.5% whilst VFR recorded 8.2%, business 3.2% and Purposes with 2.2%. Details are illustrated in Figure C4. Fiji During the First Quarter of 217, Fiji received 163,226 tourists to its shores. This marked a further 21.8% decline following the 1.7% drop in the December Quarter of 216. The deceleration was underlined by drastic fall in Fiji s two leading markets, Australia and New Zealand by 4% and 3.9%, respectively. A couple of reasons partly explained the negative outturn including low seasonality, particularly in February, Australian travellers preferred for long haul destinations and unfriendly weather conditions from tropical depressions, heavy rain and flooding that disrupted flights and intended travellers to Fiji during the quarter. Weak arrivals from France falling by 2%, Canada 11%, USA 6.6% and Europe by 3.4% also attributed to the decline. Compared to the First Quarter of 216, arrivals to Fiji rose by 3.3% driven by significant growths from USA, Asia, France, New Zealand and other Pacific Island countries. 21

28 % Tourist Arrivals With regards to shares, Australia continued its dominance in the March quarter accounting for 42.4% share to 69,22 of the Fiji tourist arrivals. This was lower than the 48% share recorded in the preceding quarter. New Zealand being the traditional second largest market, recorded share of 14.5% to 23,732, however this was below the 18.9% share in the previous quarter. USA the third highest market accounted for 1.5% while Pacific Islands registered 8.6%. China one of Fiji s fastest growing markets represented 8.2% share, up from 5.5% share in the December Quarter. The remaining 15.8% was shared among the other source markets. Details are shown in Figure C5. Figure C5: Tourist Arrivals in Fiji by Source Market, Quarter 1, Australia New Zealand USA Canada France UK Europe China Japan Asia Pacific Islands Countries 216 Quarter Quarter Quarter % change Q1 over Q % change Q1 over Q % share Q Total Source: Fiji Bureau of Statistics Disaggregating visitor arrivals by purpose of visit, VFR and business registered growth by 21.6% and 55.5% respectively when compared to the same period in 216. Against the preceding quarter, only business and other purposes recorded growth while leisure and VFR declined drastically by 27.4% and 23.7%, respectively. In terms of shares, leisure tourists continued to dominate arrivals into this destination with 7.4% to 114,894 shares, but below the 75.8% share seen in the previous quarter. Tourists visiting for other purposes and those visiting friends and relatives accounted for 12% and 9.3% each while business tourists made up the remaining 8.4%. Details are shown in Figure C6. 22

29 Tourist Arrivals % Figure C6: Tourist Arrivals in Fiji, by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, , 2, 15, 1, 5, Leisure VFR Business s Total 216 Quarter 1 117,282 12,426 8,782 19, , Quarter 4 158,256 19,787 12,237 18,522 28, Quarter 1 114,894 15,17 13,66 19, ,226 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Source: Fiji Bureau of Statistics French Polynesia Tourist arrivals to French Polynesia in the March quarter decreased by 1.5% to 41,755 compared to the previous quarter. Driving this fall was the significant reduction in arrivals from Countries with the highest drop by 58.8%, Europe 41.7% and France by 35.8%. The reduction in tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Asia and Pacific Islands also attributed to the negative performance. This outweighed the strong arrival growth from Canada, China, Japan and USA the major source market for this destination. Against the First Quarter of 216, there was a slight decrease by.5% with United Kingdom and Asia showing the highest fall by 26.2% and 25.3% respectively. In terms of shares, the USA continues to dominate arrivals in French Polynesia during the quarter with 38.8% share. France, the second highest represented 15.4%, followed by Japan at 9% European countries 7.7% and China at 5.5%. The remaining 23.6% was shared amongst all the other source markets with Canada and Australia accounted for 4.9% and 4.4%, respectively. See details in Figure C7. 23

30 Tourist Arrivals % Tourist Arrivalsls % Figure C7: Tourist Arrivals in French Polynesia by Source Market, Quarter 1, 217 5, 45, 4, 35, 3, 25, 2, 15, 1, 5, Austra lia New Zealan d USA Canad a UK France Europ e China Japan Asia Pacific Island s Count ries 216 Quarter 1 2,65 1,46 15,961 2,437 1,6 6,451 3,88 2,816 3,4 1, ,11 41, Quarter 4 2,277 1,459 14,874 1, ,987 5, ,81 1,85 1,562 3,85 46, Quarter 1 1,849 1,395 16,185 2, ,41 3,229 2,34 3, ,373 1,586 41,755 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Total Source: Institut de la Statistique de la Polynesie Francaise Note : French Polynesia s data on tourist arrivals by purpose of visit not available. Kiribati Tourist arrivals in Kiribati declined by 15.7% to 1,36 in March quarter of 217 from 1,614 arrivals in the December quarter of 216. The deceleration was mainly driven by fall in arrivals from all the major source markets except for USA and Europe which rose by 83.9% and 1.2%, respectively during the quarter. Against the corresponding quarter of 216, tourist arrivals to this destination rose significantly by more than two folds. Growth was boosted by high inbounds from USA, Europe, Japan, UK, Australia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand over the period. Figure C8: Tourist Arrivals in Kiribati by Source Market, Quarter 1, 217 1,8 1,6 1,4 1,2 1, Australia Source: Kiribati National Tourism Office New Zealand USA UK Europe China Japan Asia Pacific Islands Countrie s 216 Quarter Quarter , Quarter ,36 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q , % Share Total

31 Tourist Arrivals % On market shares, the majority of the tourists at 38.7% came from USA overtaking Pacific Islands and Australia which reduced to share of 2.7% and 15.9% each. New Zealand recorded a share of 5.5% while Asia accounted for 4%. The remaining 15.2% was shared among all the other source markets. Figure C8 clearly illustrates the details. Analysis by purpose of visit for Kiribati revealed that leisure and business against the preceding quarter rose by 8.9% and 6.4%, respectively while VFR and other purposes each declined by 43.8% and 79%. Compared to the same period in 216, there was an overall strong positive growth with all segments increasing except for other purposes which fell by 6.2%. In terms of shares, majority of tourists to Kiribati in the March Quarter were business tourists and accounted for 4.4% shares. Leisure represented 37% of the total arrivals while VFR and other purposes had 16% and 6.7% shares each. Details are shown in Figure C9. Figure C9: Tourist Arrivals in Kiribati by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, 217 1,8 1,6 1,4 1,2 1, Leisure VFR Business s Total 216 Quarter Quarter , Quarter ,36 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Source: Kiribati National Tourism Office New Caledonia Tourist arrivals in New Caledonia dropped by 23% in the March quarter to 26,917 arrivals compared to the previous quarter. The deceleration was underpinned by decline in arrivals from UK by 62.8%, France 56.1%, China 47.1%, USA 43.2%, Europe 42.4%, Canada 37.7%, New Zealand 36.4%and Australia falling by 25.2%. Compared to the corresponding quarter last year, tourist arrivals in New Caledonia inched a little by.4%. Growth was originated from strong arrivals from Pacific Islands, Countries and Japan with moderate increase from Australia and New Zealand. In terms of shares, Japan dominated arrivals and registered share of 3.9%. France which was the traditional major source market for this destination recorded share of 29.4%, a significant reduction from 38.5% in the previous quarter. Australia rallied in third with 14.1% while Pacific Islands represented a share of 12.2%. The remaining 13.4% was shared amongst all the other source markets. Details are illustrated in Figure C1. 25

32 Tourist Arrivals % Tourist Arrivals % Figure C1: Tourist Arrivals in New Caledonia by Source Market, Quarter 1, 217 4, 35, 3, 25, 2, 15, 1, 5, Australi a New Zealand USA Canada France UK Europe China Japan Source: Institut de la statistique et des etudes economiques Nouvelle-Caledonie Note; New Caledonia s analysis by purpose of visit not attempted due to inconsistent with arrivals data by major source markets. Palau In March Quarter of 217, tourist arrivals to Palau rebounded by 8.2% to 3,566 from the 25.6% dip in the previous quarter. The upturn was boosted mainly by increasing arrivals from other Pacific Islands by 99%, Asia 8.6%, Taiwan 15.9%, Japan 13.4% and China rising by 12.8%. The acceleration in arrivals from Japan reflected the seasonal charter flights by Japanese Airlines whilst growth in China was related to Chinese tourists visiting Palau for the Chinese New Year holiday during the quarter. The rising inbound also partly mirrored the President of Palau s inauguration that attracted international guests over the quarter. Against the same quarter in 216, tourist arrivals fell by 24.7% from 4,569. The decline was underpinned by Countries arrivals falling by 48.4%, Australia down by 44%, and Taiwan decreasing by 41.2%. Weak arrivals from USA, UK, Japan and Taiwan also attributed to the fall over the period. See Figure C11 Asia Pacific Islands Countri es 216 Quarter 1 3,541 1, , , , , Quarter 4 5,58 1, , , , , , Quarter 1 3,783 1, , , , , ,917 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Total Figure C11: Tourist Arrivals in Palau by Source Market, Quarter 1, , 4, 35, 3, 25, 2, 15, 1, 5, Australi a Source: Palau Visitors Authority Note: Palau s data on purpose of visit not available. NZ USA UK Europe China Japan Taiwan 26 South Korea Asia Pacific Islands Countri es 216 Quarter , ,343 18,825 9,712 3,853 3, , Quarter , ,77 11,337 6,67 1,955 3, , Quarter , ,443 12,787 7,49 2,266 3, ,566 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Total

33 Tourist Arrivals % In terms of shares, Asian markets remained dominant during the quarter due to their proximity to Palau. China continued to be the dominant source market with share of 41.8%, followed by Japan at 24.5% while South Korea recorded 1.8% and Taiwan at 7.4%. The remaining 15.5% was shared amongst all the other source markets with USA accounted for 6.6%. Details are clearly shown in Figure C11. Papua New Guinea Tourist arrivals in Papua New Guinea grew strongly by 12.3% to 36,385 as opposed to the 13.7% drop in the preceding quarter. The surge was boosted by increase in arrivals from all the major source markets except for Canada and USA which fell by 11.1% and 6.8% respectively. Arrivals from Philippines rose by 66.5%, Pacific Islands 37.3%, Asia 3.7%, China 21.9%, Japan 1%, New Zealand 7.1%, UK 2.5% and Australia, PNG s lead market registered a mere 2% growth during the quarter. Against the corresponding quarter in 216, tourist arrivals declined by 12.8%. Arrivals from all source markets declined except for Japan and China which grew by 38.7% and 1% respectively. Of the total tourists received by Papua New Guinea, Australia continued to be the major source market and accounted for 44.8% share, up from the 38.1% share in December Quarter. Asia, the second highest source market for PNG accounted for 12.6%, Philippines 1.4% and China with 7.3%. New Zealand recorded share of 4.9% while Europe and Pacific Islands represented share of 4.5% and 4.4%, respectively. The remaining 11.1% was shared amongst all the other source markets during the quarter. See Figure C12 for details. Figure C12: Tourist Arrivals in Papua New Guinea by Source Market, Quarter 1, Austr alia New Zeala nd USA Source: Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority Cana da UK Europ e China Japan Philipi nes Analysis by purpose of visit reveals that all segments registered growths against the preceding quarter except for VFR which declined by 8.8%. Against the corresponding quarter in 216, Purposes recorded 25% growth while the remaining segments declined with leisure led the highest fall by 51%, VFR 3.5% and business dipping by 3%. In terms of shares, business tourists continued 27 Asia Pacifi c Island s Count Total ries 216 Quarter Quarter Quarter % change Q1 over Q % change Q1 over Q % share Q

34 Tourist Arrivals % to dominate arrivals marking a share of 78%, followed by leisure with 12.4% while VFR and Purposes recorded shares of 5.7% and 4% respectively. Details are clearly illustrated in Figure C13 below. Figure C13: Tourist Arrivals in Papua New Guinea by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, , 4, 35, 3, 25, 2, 15, 1, 5, Leisure VFR Business s Total (Exclude Cruise) 216 Quarter 1 9,188 2,132 29,242 1,165 41, Quarter Quarter 1 4,51 2,57 28,371 1,456 36,385 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share Source: Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority Solomon Islands Tourist arrivals to Solomon Islands in the March Quarter fell by 29.2% against the previous quarter to 4881 arrivals and down by 3.3% against the corresponding period in 216. The decline against the December quarter stemmed from fall in arrivals from all source markets except for UK which rose by 12.2%. Significant drop were noticeable from Countries by 39%, Europe 38.8%, other Pacific Islands 36.3%, Canada 35%, Australia 31.5%, USA 29.9%, New Zealand 26.2%, Japan 18.5%, China 15.9%, and Asia dropping by 15.2%. Meanwhile, the decline in the corresponding quarter in 216 was underpinned by reduction in arrivals from USA, Europe, Australia, Europe and UK. Despite the slump in arrivals from Australia, this market continued to be the dominant source market recording share of 38.3% while Pacific Islands rallied in second with 2.3%. Asia represented 14.9% while New Zealand recorded share of 6.2%. The remaining 2.3% was shared amongst all the other markets with USA accounted for 4.9%. Details are shown in Figure C14. 28

35 Tourist Arrivals % Tourist Arrivals % Figure C14: Tourist Arrivals in Solomon Islands by Source Market, Quarter 1, Australia New Zealand USA Canada UK Europe China Japan Source: Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and Solomon Islands Statistics Office Asia Pacific Islands Countrie s 216 Quarter Quarter Quarter % change Q1 over Q % change Q1 over Q % share Q Total In comparison to Fourth Quarter of 216, all segments registered declines with leisure and VFR recording the highest fall 38.6% and 33.6% respectively. Arrivals of business tourists dropped by 16.4% while Purposes dipped by 23.3%. When compared to the corresponding Quarter of 216, all segments recorded growth except for Purposes dropping by 18.7%. On shares, the business segment dominated arrivals with share of 3.2%, followed by leisure at 28.2%, Purposes 25.3% while VFR accounted for 16.4% share. Details are illustrated in Figure C15. Figure C15: Tourist Arrivals in Solomon Islands by Purpose of Visit, Quarter 1, 217 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Source: Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau Leisure VFR Business s Total 216 Quarter 1 1, ,445 1,518 5, Quarter Quarter 1 1, ,472 1,234 4,881 % Change Q1 over Q % Change Q1 over Q % Share

36 % Tourist Arrivals Timor Leste In March Quarter of 217, Timor Leste received a total 29,35 arrivals to its shores. Against the corresponding quarter last year, this was up by 12.4%. Key drivers of growth came from New Zealand rising by more than two fold, Australia up 72.6%, Japan 39.1%, China 33.3%, Pacific Islands 18.6%, Portugal 9.8%, Indonesia 5.8%, Asia 4.4%, and Europe rising by 1.6%. This outweighed the decline in arrivals to this destination from USA, UK and Countries during the quarter. On shares, majority of these tourists were from neighboring Indonesia marking a share of 52.7%. Australia rallied in second with a share of 13.6% while Asia, China and Portugal represented 9.3%, 8% and 7.1%, respectively. The remaining 9.2% was shared amongst all the other source markets. Details shown in Figure C16. Figure C16: Tourist Arrivals in Timor Leste by Source Market, Quarter 1, Australia New Zealand USA UK Europe China Japan Indonesia Portugal Asia Pacific Islands Countries 216 Quarter Quarter % change Q1 over Q % share Q Total Source: Timor Leste Ministry of Tourism Note : Q4 216 data by Major Source Markets and Q1 217 data by purpose of visit not available. Tonga Tourist arrivals to Tonga in the First Quarter fell dramatically by 45.7% against the previous quarter and down by 12.9% over the same period in 216. The drop against the preceding quarter stemmed from reduction in arrivals from all source markets except for Canada and Japan which rose by 3.4% and 21.7%, respectively. Driving this reduction, was the significant drop in arrivals from Tonga s two leading source markets, New Zealand and Australia which slashed by nearly half of the arrivals in Quarter Four of 216. Arrivals from New Zealand slumped by 48.4% to 4,214 and Australia down by 54.4% to 1,67 in March Quarter from 8,166 and 3,672 arrivals in December Quarter, respectively. Compared to the corresponding quarter in 216, the decline came from deceleration in all source markets except for China which increased strongly by 43.3%, Canada up 9.1% and USA increasing by 3.6%. 3

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