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By Helen Greig

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (March 28, 2000 – Cook Islands News)---February saw a 25.2% increase in visitor arrivals when compared with last year's figures for the same month.

While there was a gradual increase of visitor arrivals each month up until December 1999, January this year saw a drop in arrivals from 5,937 in December 1999 to 4,796 in January 2000.

The majority of visitors, 57.2%, stayed in hotels and nearly 20% stayed in motels for the month of February 2000.

Of those people staying in private accommodations, 9.4% on arrival generally represented Cook Islanders visiting relatives.

The net permanent outward migration of Cook Islands residents for December last year was 452. There were 11 recorded in January 2000 and 210 in February 2000.

The 5,078 visitors in February 2000 made up 87% of all arrivals, with the rest being 488 returning Cook Islands residents.

In February 2000, 41% of the visitors came from Europe, 16.9% from Canada and 13.8% were from New Zealand.

For additional reports from the Cook Islands News Online, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Cook Islands News Online.

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