Guam – Visitor arrivals to the CNMI went up 26 percent last month compared to October 2009, a significant gain on a low base month of arrivals last year, but still 13 percent below tourist numbers seen two years ago in October 2008.
According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 25,784 visitors last month compared to
20,467 in October 2009.
Arrivals from Japan rose 31 percent to 11,279 visitors, largely due to the addition of a third daily flight from Narita compared to October 2009, but still
31 percent lower than October 2008. This reflects the negative impact of the suspension of direct flights from Osaka and Nagoya.
Arrivals from the primary market of Korea posted another month of significant gain at 8,681, jumping 80 percent in October 2010 over October last
year and bringing Korea arrivals back to the levels last seen in October 2008.
MVA said Korean arrivals have been consistently higher since December 2009, reflecting Korea’s recovery from the global economic crisis and the
continued growth of this key market for the CNMI.
The secondary market of China saw 3,207 arrivals in October, a 17-percent decrease over the same month last year due to the decline in air seats
from the market.