Countries around the world are seeing an increase in the number of tourists. Both bucket list travel and local destinations are reporting massive numbers of travelers, many reaching pre-Corona levels.
Especially in island nations, including the island nation of Fiji, travel is making a big comeback.
“We are currently seeing an incredible number of visitors to Fiji, especially from the US and Canadian markets,” said Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji. “In fact, Fiji’s arrivals in December were 102% of the global figures for December 2019. The US had 97% of its December 2019 figures, and Canada had 12% of its December 2019 figures. It was 135% of the month.”
“We are seeing some changes in the demographics of our visitors, especially from North America. of people are traveling to Fiji,” says Hill. I think people are starting to realize that they want to travel now instead of .” It adds that it is for celebrating milestones.
How travel bookings look different after COVID-19
One of the big changes Brent sees is that shorter booking windows have become the norm. He says he sees travelers book trips 0-21 days in advance of the actual travel date. “Americans are still more likely to book farther away than most travelers to Fiji, but that has dropped significantly after COVID-19,” says Brent. “Our visitors are also staying longer. The average length of stay is up to 9.7 nights, up from 5 before the COVID outbreak. Tourist spending is also increasing, with tourism accounting for 40% of Fiji’s GDP. This is very promising for Fiji as we have
Fiji’s traditional peak season is always June through August, coinciding with Fiji’s winter holidays and North America’s summer holidays. But Brent points out that Fiji sees more and more visitors during the shoulder season, when the weather is still nice and hotel prices and availability are good. Fiji also saw a significant increase in Americans traveling to Fiji during the Thanksgiving holiday.
As for what travelers need to do to visit Fiji, they no longer need to test negative for COVID-19, but must show proof of vaccinations and travel insurance.
Every destination has a misconception about Fiji, and Brent explains that Fiji is more affordable than most people think. Not only that, many of the meals and activities at resorts are usually included in the price, and Fiji is a tipless culture, so you don’t have to tip anywhere. It is considered and is not expected.Finally, the US dollar is strong in Fiji.At present, 1 US dollar is equivalent to 2 Fijian dollars.”
What are Insider Tips?
Visit in low season or shoulder season. January to March is the low season, which traditionally tends to rain, but travelers can still get great rates at this time of year. Scuba diving is very popular in Fiji, which is why the island is often considered the soft coral capital of the world. Divers can expect vibrant, healthy corals and thriving marine life. The country has some of the longest barrier reefs in the world, including the Great Sea Reef and the Great Astrolabe Reef. With over 150 PADI dive centers in Fiji, there is plenty of marine life to explore.