27 May 2013

Signs point to strong tourist season in South Pacific

5:08 am on 27 May 2013

The Vice President of the Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association Patrick Wong, says visitor numbers are looking promising as operators gear up for the peak tourist season between June and October.

He's also the general manager of the Matamanoa Island Resort and says bookings are tracking well and they are already running at occupancy rates around 90 percent.

He says they are slightly busier than last year not only from traditional markets New Zealand and Australia but also from the USA and Europe.

"We're on track actually, it's up about five percent on last year's figures ours, and certainly moving ahead the next six months it looks pretty positive with very solid bookings forecast for the next six months."

Patrick Wong.

The House of Travel, a major travel agent in New Zealand, says bookings over the next three months are looking very strong to popular destinations like Fiji, Cook Islands, and recently Hawaii.