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Pacific tourism numbers up

July 22, 2015 6:42 pm

The Pacific region has recorded a seven percent increase in the number of visitor arrivals in the first quarter tourism review for 2015.

This was demonstrated in a review produced by the European Union providing statistics and data from 12 Pacific Island Countries.

380,870 tourists visited the region in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 355, 601visitors in the same period in 2014.

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Fiji leads the statistics with 143, 447 visitors, Palau had 48, 647 and Papua New Guinea 42, 678.

South Pacific Tourism Organisation Chief Executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi says the review provides accurate data for planning which is important for growth and development.

Australian tourists continue to dominate the visitor arrivals into the South Pacific.

A total of 115, 581 Australian tourists visited the region during the review with Fiji, dominating the market share at 58.4% with 67, 552 visitors and Papua New Guinea at 17.4% with 20, 110 visitors.

Meanwhile, 41,679 Chinese tourists visited the region showing a 151% positive growth compared to the same quarter in 2014.

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