8 Aug 2007

Stakeholders in Fiji disagree with Tourism Bureau's latest statistics

10:54 am on 8 August 2007

Stakeholders have rubbished the latest figures released by Fiji's Bureau of Statistics which says that the situation in the tourism industry may not be as grim as portrayed by some of them for the first quarter of 2007.

Fiji Village reports the Bureau saying compared to the same period last year, the total number of room nights occupied in hotels and resorts was up by 2 percent at 342,700.

Overall takings from sale of accommodation, food, liquor and other charges decreased by 0-point-4 percent from last year to 63 million U.S. dollars, and it revealed that employment increased with 8,896 people employed.

But, the Fiji Hoteliers Association President, Dixon Seeto, maintains the tourism industry suffered huge losses, and would like clarification on the statistics.