12 Feb 2008

Tourist arrival numbers to CNMI grow

11:05 am on 12 February 2008

Tourist arrival numbers to the CNMI continued to go up for the

third consecutive month.

Just over 38 thousand tourists visited the islands last month compared to just over 38 thousand in January 2007.

The Commonwealth's tourism body, the Marianas Visitors Authority, attributed the 0.19-percent increase in visitor arrivals to the continued strength of the Korean market as well as the resumption of the Osaka-Saipan flights by Northwest Airlines.

The flights by Northwest Airlines increased the number of seats out of Japan

The authority also said that January is a popular traveling season for Russians with the CNMI getting its largest number of Russian tourists in the month of January in history.

According to MVA, a total of 711 tourists from the former Soviet republic visited in January compared to 498 last year.

It said Russian guests stay an average of 12 days while in the CNMI making them a viable market to continue to pursue and grow.