13 Jan 2009

December arrivals down nearly 5 percent

8:12 am on 13 January 2009

Tourist arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands fell nearly 5 percent last month compared to December 2007, as arrivals from Korea, China and several other destinations posted losses.

However gains early in the year allowed the CNMI to post a small 2.04 percent increase in arrivals for calendar year 2008.

According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, total visitor arrivals to the CNMI reached 34,181 last month versus 35,849 December 2007.

Arrivals from Korea dropped significantly for the second month in a row to 8,098, which is 30 percent fewer than last December.