Why More Americans Are Traveling to Fiji
Fiji is hot right now!
And we’re not just talking about the balmy weather and sun-drenched beaches: the number of visitors to these South Pacific islands is soaring. For example, in July 2015 alone the number of Fiji-bound travelers hit a whopping 79,494 – beating the previous tourist high of July, 2011 by more than 10%. Take a closer look at the data and you’ll notice that a surge in American visitors is part of what’s fueling these record-crushing visitor numbers. There’s been a 13.2% jump in travelers from the U.S. so far this year.
Why are more Americans heading to Fiji now? There are plenty of reasons.
Whether it’s the improved flights, a healthy dollar, or more folks are simply finding out that the Fijian people are some of the friendliest people on earth, this tiny country is growing into a tourism powerhouse. Here are some of the main reasons why it’s attracting so many American visitors.
Fiji is much easier to get to than you might think
Fiji Airways, the only Fiji-bound carrier to fly from North America, has upgraded to a brand new Airbus A330 for its non-stop flight from Los Angeles. They have also doubled the number of direct flights from LA compared to a few years ago. Fiji Airways now offers approximately one flight per day from North America. So traveling to the South Pacific is incredibly simple – get on the plane, enjoy a meal, take a nap and before you know it you’ll be in Fiji.
The carrier also has codeshare agreements with Qantas and American Airlines, which makes traveling easier for customers because the airlines are able to better coordinate their schedules and luggage handling.
American travelers are getting more bang for their buck
The U.S. dollar has been growing strong lately. And when you compare it to the Fijian dollar, exactly how much extra buying power Americans have in the South Pacific archipelago becomes clear. As of mid-September, 2015, one U.S. dollars earns you 2.16 Fijian dollars. That’s a big jump from 2013, when a Fijian dollar equaled 1.75 U.S. That gap in currencies means American travelers can stretch their budget much further. They can take longer trips, stay at swankier resorts and spend more on luscious spa treatments and exciting tours.
The secret’s out: Fiji has some of the best luxury resorts in the world
More travelers – especially Americans – are starting to realize just how opulent a vacation to be Fiji can be. The country is dotted with 5-star luxury resorts that are home to some of the finest beaches, restaurants and high-end amenities in the world. But news about these sumptuous escapes took a while to reach the U.S. Celebrities like Edward Norton, Tom Cruise, Megan Ryan and Mike Myers frequenting some of these resorts likely helped to boost the overall awareness of these places.
Today, these enticing getaways are luring travelers of all types. Couples in particular are flocking to Fiji resorts for a romantic experience because of the region’s warm, sensual vibe.
However, there are also retreats geared more toward family escapes or even getaways for singles. And these luxurious offerings are expected to expand even more in the future.
Fijian cuisine is quickly making a name for itself
Just as word is getting out about Fiji’s amazing resorts, the country’s remarkable cuisine is also grabbing ample attention. There’s nothing quite like the fresh, clean, creative flavor found in the unique infusion of traditional Fijian food and its Pan Pacific and Asian influences. Of course, given the country’s location in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, freshly caught seafood is a staple here. Fresh sushi and creative preparations of snapper, lobster, mahi-mahi, are reaching a rarely found level of perfection. Not to mention some of the finest Fijian, Australian and New Zealand meats and poultry.
In addition to the locally, organically grown tropical fruits and vegetables, there are plenty of other unique dishes that have captured the attention of countless foodies. Kokoda is a popular delicacy that’s similar to ceviche in that it uses the acid from limes and lemons to cook freshly caught white fish marinated in coconut cream and vegetables. And because there’s a strong Indo-Fijian community in this country, you can also expect to sample some tantalizing curries, samosas and other traditional Indian recipes that have been passed down for generations.
There are more opportunities for adventure
As the number of visitors continues to grow in Fiji, more tours and activities are being developed in the country. Many resorts are filled with ways to indulge in R&R, including decadent spas and day cruises. But those who venture out just a little further are likely to find (soft) adventure at every turn. From day sails among the islands and tours through the jungle to sightseeing in helicopters to world-class scuba diving in the turquoise waters, there’s an array of things to see and do if you’d like a break from lounging on the beach.
Also, because the Fijian cultures places a high value on family, it’s very easy to find activities and attractions that children will adore as well. Many of the larger resorts are known for their kids programs. Plus, it’s easy to find family-friendly things to do other than lounging on the sand: visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, go on a river safari or do some snorkeling together.
It’s now easier to get expert advice on Fiji
With more Americans interested in traveling to Fiji, there’s now also a lot more people with questions about the country. So a number of boutique travel agencies are putting extra emphasis on Fiji getaways. In fact, a few specialist agencies – like Venture Fiji – specialize only in crafting customized vacation and honeymoon packages to this South Pacific archipelago and can offer the best prices available.
For example, when you chat with a Venture Fiji Travel Advisor, you’ll get honest, accurate advice on planning your vacation that comes from someone who’s intimately familiar with the country. That means every detail of your trip – from flights to resort transfers to arranging tours – will be taken care of for you. So the experience is 100% stress-free.
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