30 May, 2006

Tourism looks positive

The tourism industry is confident tourist numbers will pick up towards the middle of the second quarter, despite a low turnout in the first quarter of the year. The Fiji Visitors Bureau said visitor arrival numbers were down 2% compared to last year which saw low hotel occupancy in hotels. The Bureau said that June is now looking extremely positive with airlines seeing some renewal and a boost in bookings. It said there were a number of reasons for low visitor arrivals, which included the implementation of a bed tax (later changed to a turnover tax) and the build up to the general election that drew the attention of many the world over with a misconception of the security situation in the country.

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