SOUTH PACIFIC TOURISM RISES ALMOST FOUR PERCENT

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 13, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The number of tourists traveling to South Pacific areas last year rose almost four percent over 1997, to over 967,000.

The Tourism Council of the South Pacific reported that visitor arrivals increased 14 percent in Samoa, five percent in French Polynesia and three percent in Fiji.

Australia and New Zealand continued to be the main source markets, providing a combined total of about 360,000 visitors.

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