Fiji’s international tourist intake has surged with more than 59,000 holidaymakers visiting the Pacific island archipelago. The number, released by the Fiji department of information for August, eclipses the previous highest ever visitor number, beating the previous best ever result set in the record breaking 2008 by 1,730 - a ten percent increase. The August result bring Fiji’s 2010 eight month total to just under 400,000, representing an 18 percent jump from the corresponding period in 2009. Tourism FIJI CEO Josefa Tuamoto said the August 2010 result had again been bolstered by yet another very strong performance from the Australian market where figures recorded for the month reached 21,586. Of particular note, he said, was the strong result emanating from China where the national tourist office and Air Pacific and various Fiji tourism industry partners have been hard at work all year promoting the destination.