Named by U.S. News and World Report as among the top 10 islands in the world for vacation travel, Fiji consists of more than 300 tropical-climate islands in the South Pacific. Its sandy beaches, surrounded by deep turquoise waves, have attracted legions of romantic adventurers looking for seclusion. Underwater sports enthusiasts will also find much to love: Often called the world’s soft-coral capital, the waters around Fiji are home to intricate reefs that have achieved fame among divers and snorkelers.
Early in 2016, Cyclone Winston struck Fiji. While the storm was the most powerful to ever hit the islands, the country and its tourism industry quickly rebounded from the devastation it produced. Tourism is Fiji’s most rapidly growing industry. In fact, an estimated 45,000 individuals in Fiji hold jobs associated with tourism.
In 2015, more than 750,000 people visited Fiji. In a typical year, about 80 percent of all visitors to the islands are there as vacationers. Most of Fiji’s tourists come from Australia, New Zealand, and North America, followed by China, Europe, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. A recent focus on investments in Fiji’s tourism industry, as well as cooperation among a variety of stakeholders, continue to drive the numbers higher, officials say.
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David Pflieger - Senior Airline Executive