27 February, 2006
Bali's misfortune is Fiji's gain
Taken from an article in the Fiji Times. There has been a jump in the number of tourists from Australia following the Bali bombing two years ago. A recent survey by the Australian Tourist Commission shows Fiji is the new Bali for Australians. The survey noted the number of visitors from Australia to Fiji increased from 175,400 in 2004 to 196,900 in 2005. It said Australians accounted for at least a quarter to a third of all visitor arrivals into Fiji between 2001 and 2004. The Melbourne Age newspaper said Fiji had become an obvious choice because of its close proximity to Australia, affordability, quality and natural appeal. It said apart from Fiji, parts of Thailand and Hawaii looked strong alongside Australia's major markets, Britain and New Zealand. The Fiji Visitors Bureau has a goal of attracting 300,000 Australians to Fiji within the next two years.