AUSTRALIA has been recorded as the country that has many of its nationals visiting the Solomon Islands in the first quarter of this year.
Government Statistician Douglas Kimi revealed this while releasing the visitors statistics produced by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) recently.
The travels were being recorded from visitors by country of residence, visitors by month, tourists, visitors by purpose of visit, visitors by age group, visitors by occupation and visitor by carrier.
“Australia continue to dominate the ranks of international arrivals to the Solomon Islands with 34.9 per cent,” Mr Kimi said.
“The second largest group of visitors were from Other Asia with 15.1 per cent, followed by Fiji 7.2 per cent, Other Pacific 6.5 per cent, Papua New Guinea 6.2 per cent, New Zealand 5.7 per cent and the United States of America with 5.1 per cent.”
On visitor arrivals by month, Mr. Kimi said the month of March recorded the highest number of arrivals in the first quarter of 2018 with 2,360 visitors. “This was followed by month of January with a total of 2,081 visitors and February the least with 1,855 visitors.
On tourist, Mr. Kimi said 1,941 tourists arrived in the first quarter of 2018 and they spent an average of 15.5 days in the country.
“Australian residents still made up the highest proportion of tourists with 38.7 per cent for the quarter and stayed in the country for an average of 11 days. Residents from Other Asians made up the next largest group of tourists 11.5 per cent, followed by United States of America 8.6 per cent, Other Pacific 6.3 per cent, China 5.3 per cent, while Papua New Guinea, Japan and Other Europe with 4.2 per cent.”
Mr. Kimi added that the most common reason for visitors visiting the country during the quarter was for other reason with 28.3 per cent followed by visiting for holiday or vacation 27.0 per cent, Business and Conference 26.1 per cent, visiting friends and relatives 14.7 per cent and transit & stop over with 3.8 per cent.
“The distribution of visitor arrivals by broad age groups for first quarter 2018 showed that 77.1 per cent of Visitors were in the 25 years to 64 years age range.
“The youngest age group, 0 -14 years, represented 4.5 per cent of the arrivals while the oldest age group, 65 years and over made up 7.1 per cent of total visitor arrivals. The remaining 4.6 per cent were visitors who did not state their age. Male visitors represented more than half of the total visitor’s arrivals with 70.9 per cent and female visitors made up 29.1 per cent of arrivals in the quarter,” Mr. Kimi stated.
He added that visitor by Occupation showed that the “Professional and technical” category made up the largest percentage of occupations with 30.8 per cent during the quarter. This was followed by visitors who stated their occupation was from the other occupation group 29.9 per cent, administration & managerial positions 14.1 per cent, no work 9.2 and production and related workers with 5.3 per cent.
“The most popular carriers during the quarter were Solomon Airlines who carried 43.6 per cent of total visitors, followed by Air Niugini with 29.5 per cent and Virgin Australia 18% per cent,” Mr. Kimi said.