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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Oct. 8) — A total of 7,162 visitors came to Palau in August, a 4 percent drop from the same month last year.

Of the August figure, visitors from Taiwan accounted for highest share at 3,500 or 98 percent of total.

Most of them were first-time visitors while 85 were returning guests.

Japanese came in second at 2,500, 19 percent of whom were returning guests, according to statistics from the Palau Visitors Authority.

There were 330 visitors from the United States and Canada; 136 from Guam; 134 from Australia and New Zealand; 122 from the Federated States of Micronesia; and 101 visitors from Europe.

The data show visitors ages 30 to 39 years old accounted for the biggest bulk of arrivals last August at 2,386. They were followed by 1,937 visitors between 18 and 29 years old; and 1,764 from the 40 to 49 age group.

Visitors from Australia/New Zealand recorded a 272-percent jump in August arrivals, primarily due to a low base figure in August 2003. Then, only 36 visitors came from these two countries.

October 8, 2004

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