23 Aug 2006

Tourist numbers to CNMI show 14 per cent drop

9:56 am on 23 August 2006

Tourist arrivals to the Northern Marianas in July this year went down 14-point-2 percent compared to the same period last year.

This reflected in a loss of 6,555 visitors.

According to the Marianas Visitors Authority a total of 39,552 visitors came to the Commonwealth last month compared to 46,107 in July of last year.

The CNMI's top market of Japan showed a decline of 21-percent compared to last year, showing a loss of 6,598 tourists.

Visitors from the U.S. also declined by 47 percent to receive only 1,010 tourists last month.