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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Nov. 17) – Tourist arrivals in Palau grew by 28 percent in October over the same month last year.

According to the latest statistics released by the Palau Visitors Authority, there were 6,674 visitors in October this year versus 5,213 visitors last year.

3,074 visitors form Taiwan arrived in October, making them Palau’s top tourist market again. Japanese visitors ranked second with 1,393 visitors.

Korean visitors made it to the third spot with 806 tourists.

148 came from Europe which breaks down into the following: German, 53; United Kingdom, 22; Russia, 19; Spain, 10; Switzerland, 8; Austria, Netherlands and Denmark, six each, and others.

There were 425 American visitors last month; Guam accounted for 265 visitors; the CNMI, 86; and Canada, 35.

Visitors from Australia and New Zealand increased by 245 percent, with 183 visitors compared to only 53 tourists in the same period last year.

More visitors from Hong Kong and mainland China were recorded at 38 and 24, respectively.

Also in October, two U.S. ships visited Palau for rest and recreation. The USS McCampbell had a total crew of 340 while the USNS Shasta carried 180 sailors composed of officers and crew. They stayed in the country for at least four days, contributing to the large increase U.S. tourists.

As of October, a total of 74,464 tourists have visited Palau, 11,000 more than the total arrivals for 2003.

Last year, visitor arrivals reached 63,328, PVA statistics show.

November 17, 2004

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