SAMOA TOURIST ARRIVALS AND EARNINGS DOWN

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APIA, Samoa (November 30, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Both tourist arrivals and earnings from tourism in Samoa were down in September.

The Central Bank's latest report shows September's arrivals totaled 4,598, a drop of 12 percent compared to August, Radio 2AP reports. Tourist arrivals also were 45 percent lower than during September 1996, when an extraordinarily large number of visitors attended the South Pacific Festival of Arts.

Samoa tourism arrivals for the first nine months of 1997 are down 24 percent compared to the same period last year, while January-September 1997 earnings totaled $26.4 million, one percent lower than for the first nine months of 1996.

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