The Fiji Bureau of Statistics’ Provisional Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Statistics for the first quarter of 2017 issued late last month revealed that out of the 882,916 hotel rooms available in Fiji during the quarter, 406,471 rooms were sold earning overall takings of $179.4 million.
As expected Fiji’s tourist hub Nadi led the stats by way of room nights sold by area at 142,607 with Coral Coast at 85,543 room nights, followed by Suva a close third at 74,849 and Mamanuca at 58,712 room nights making up the top four areas.
The top four were followed by Lautoka 21,031, Northern Division at 17,658 and others at 6071.
This gave the overall room nights sold during the 2017 first quarter of 406,471.
The statistics when compared with the 2016 first quarter showed increases in all areas as follows:
* Number of rooms available increased by 30,111 or 3.5 per cent);
* Number of rooms sold increased by 22,776 (5.9 per cent);
* Room occupancy rate increased by 1.0 percentage point to 46.0 per cent;
* Number of available beds increased 1.1 per cent;
* Number of beds sold increased 3.1 per cent;
* Takings from accommodation, sale of food, liquor, telephone and other charges increased by 6.4 per cent to $179.4m; and
* Paid employment in the hotel sector increased by 9.7 per cent.
A key point in the stats was that the room occupancy rate had increased from 45.0 per cent to 46.0 per cent over the same period in 2016 and the room occupancy rate for the past five years had been in the range of 40.4 to 46.0 per cent. The Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Statistics are provided by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics on a quarterly basis and the figures reported are provisional figures.
(Source: The FijiTimes Online Business 29 August 2917)