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Remarkable year for tourism in Fiji

Tourism Fiji CEO Mathew Stoeckel has heralded the 5 per cent increase in tourist arrivals for 2016 as a direct result of the hard work of tourism stakeholders.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics earlier this month revealed an increase of 37,485 tourist arrivals for 2016 while 754,835 visitors were recorded in 2015.

"The year 2016 has been another remarkable year for the Fijian tourism industry and the theme — Team Fiji — conceived at the Fiji Tourism Expo in May 2016, was all about working together to have a stronger presence in the global market and this is evident in the result achieved," he said.

"The result is a team effort and we extend our thanks to everyone that has contributed to growing Fiji's presence internationally."

Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya said the growth in visitor arrivals was driven by the New Zealand, China and the rest of Asia markets.

He said Government was optimistic 2017 could be another strong year for the tourism industry, propelled by the opening of several new resorts.

These resorts include Marriott Resort at Momi Bay, Six Senses Fiji Vunabaka at Malolo, Kokomo Island Resort in Kadavu, Fiji Hideaway Vuda Beach Resort and Spa and the Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa at Wailoaloa.

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