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 Quarterly Statistical Indicators (QSI) For December (4th) Quarter 2019

 

 Cattle Production

 

The total number of cattle heads slaughtered in December quarter 2019 stood at 2,931. This is an increase of 18% over corresponding period in 2018 and 0.4% over the previous quarter.

 

 Tourism

Number Visitors by Quarter

Quarterly Total visitors

 • The total international visitor arrivals to Vanuatu for December quarter 2019 stood at 80,477. This is a decline of 1% over corresponding period in 2018 but it went up by 27% over the previous quarter. The increase of visitor arrivals over corresponding period was attributed by the increase in number of day visitors .

• The seasonally adjusted visitor arrivals represent a fall for visitors by air and increase for day visitors for December quarter 2019.

• Visitors by air made up 41% of all international visitors to Vanuatu. This stood at 33,221, indicating an increase of 11% over corresponding quarter in 2018 but recorded a fall of 9% over September quarter 2019.

• Australian visitors represented 53% of all air visitors in December quarter 2019.

• All Countries recorded an increase over corresponding quarter of 2018 which includes; Japan at 42%, China at 33%, Europe at 26%, North America at 24%, New Zealand at 19%, New Caledonia at 17%, Other Countries at 6% and Australia and Other Pacific Countries increased by 5% each.

• Holiday visitors accounted for 81% of air visitors; followed by visiting friends and relatives at 7%, business, meetings or conferences and other purpose

• Day visitors made up 59% of all international visitors to Vanuatu. Total day visitors stood at 47,256, a fall of 8% over December quarter 2018 but it went up by 76% over September quarter 2019. The increase over corresponding quarter was attributed by the increase in cruise ship visits to Vanuatu.

 Consumer Price Index

Inflation Rate

 

• The Consumer Price Index (CPI) of December quarter 2019 indicated an increase of (+0.6%). Port Vila slightly increased by (+1.0%), however, Luganville decrease by (-1.0%) compared to the previous quarter. When compared to the December quarter of 2018, the Vanuatu index increased by (+3.4%), Port Vila index increased by (+3.9%) while Luganville index slightly increased by (+0.6%).

• At the national level, the expenditure groups that contributed to the increase over the same quarter of last year were: Food (+7.2%), Transport (+1.0%), Communication (+0.8%), Housing Utilities and Recreation at (+0.7%) each, Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco and Household Suppliers at (+0.6%) each and Education at (+0.4%). The increase in these expenditure groups were driven by the increase in price movements of Root crops, Fruits and Vegetables, Automatic Fuel and Mobile phones, Electricity supply charges, Sport Membership fees, Furniture and Furnishes, Tobacco and School fees. However, Health decreased by (-0.6%) and Clothing and Footwear decreased at (-0.5%).

 Government Operation

Total Government Operations

 

 

Government Revenue: The total government revenue excluding donors in December quarter 2019 stood at VT 9,158 million. This is a decrease of 6% over corresponding period in 2018 but went up by 1% over previous quarter. The total tax revenue collected for December quarter totalled VT 4,836.7 million, it is an increased by 3.8% over December quarter 2018 and fell by 6.8% over the previous quarter.

Government Expenditure:

The total government expenditure in December quarter 2019 stood at VT 8,256 million. Compensation of employees made up 50% or VT 4,083 million of total government expenditure in December quarter 2019. This is an increase of 10% compared to December quarter in 2018 and 18% over the previous quarter.

Energy Consumption

Electricity

 

 

• The total energy comsumed (expressed in Kilowatts) for December quarter 2019 stood at 20,268. This increased by 38% over corresponding period in 2018 and 11% over the previous quarter. The contributors to the increase of electricity consumption were Malekula at 54%, Tanna at 50% and Port Vila at 19%.

• The total volume of imported petrol, diesel and kerosene stood at 10,793 litres in the December quarter of 2019, a decrease of 37% over the same quarter of 2018 and 44% over the previous quarter.

Vehicle Registration

Vihecle Registration

 

 

 

• The total number of new private motor vehicle registrations in Port Vila and Luganville stood at 756. This is an increase of 446 registrations over corresponding period in 2018 and 427 over the previous quarter in 2019.

 

 

 

 

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