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ALOFI, Niue (April 28, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Latest figures from the Niue government's Statistics Office show a 38 percent first quarter 1998 increase in visitors to the Polynesian country compared to the same quarter last year.

The total number for the 1997 first quarter was 93 compared to 129 this year, Radio Sunshine reports.

The figures exclude travelers visiting friends and relatives.

The largest number of January-March 1998 visitors came from Australia and New Zealand.

Despite a concerted effort to attract visitors from North American and Europe, the numbers are still very low, statistics officials report.

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