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Backpacker numbers picking up

June 22, 2012 8:14 pm

The number of backpackers coming to Fiji is picking up.

Fiji Backpackers Association President Tui Kabu says China and India are new the emerging markets – with Australia bringing in the most numbers.

Kabu says as the industry expands – they are better positioning themselves to the changes in the market.

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“Backpackers in Fiji represent 3,000 beds a night or almost up to 30 per cent. It’s not just the backpackers now. Now there is a new group called the independent travellers. They have a lot of similarities with backpackers. That’s growing as well.
In terms of tourism numbers in Fiji – this is also growing. We got to understand that tourism in Fiji is going to be here for a long time and some of these changes will hopefully bring in more tourism dollars.”

Fiji’s biggest competitors are Bali and Thailand.

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