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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, May 1) – Tourism in the South Pacific continues to grow, statistics from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation show.

Some 1,173,260 tourists visited the Pacific region last year, an increase of 96,444 arrivals over the 2003 total [of 1,076,816, the organization says. The figures represent about a 10 percent increase].

The totals include visitor arrivals in Fiji, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Tourism has been recognised as one of Pacific Islands' principal growth sectors.

Visitor arrivals into the South Pacific region have been showing positive growth over the past five years.

The increasing visitor arrivals indicate the growing popularity of the South Pacific as a choice of holiday destinations.

The SPTO said they were competing well with Australia and New Zealand in terms of annual growth of visitor arrival.

May 2, 2005

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