27 Jun 2012

CNMI visitor arrivals up 42 percent

10:40 am on 27 June 2012

Visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands were up 42 percent in April this year compared to the same time last year

The Marianas Visitors Authority says arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 30,691 visitors compared to 21,629 last year.

Overall, visitor arrivals are up 12 percent so far this fiscal year to 228,705 visitors.

Arrivals from Japan were 49 percent higher to 11,452 in April, a major rebound following the East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 and subsequent drop-off in travel from the primary source market.

Arrivals from Korea posted a third month of double-digit increases, up 48 percent to 9,399 visitors.

The China market, meanwhile, posted its highest month of growth so far this fiscal year in April, increasing 161 percent to 7,176 visitors.