FEWER VISITORS TO PNG IN 2001, SAYS TOURISM AUTHORITY

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 30, 2002 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---A substantial decrease in the number of international visitors to Papua New Guinea was recorded in 2001.

According to the figures released by the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, the total arrivals in 2001 were 54,235 compared to 58,448 in year 2000.

This represented a decrease of 7.2 percent, or 4,213 international visitors.

The authority attributed the drop in visitors primarily to student unrest in June, which resulted in curfews, and travel alerts issued by foreign missions in PNG to their home countries.

Other notable factors were the terrorist attacks on America in September, the fall of Ansett Airlines in Australia and PNG's negative image overseas, the authority said.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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