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APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, April 23) – Tourist arrivals dropped 18 percent to 7,202 in February, the Central Bank of Samoa’s latest Foreign Trade and Tourism Earnings report said.

The drop in the month under review reflected force in the two largest categories of visitors namely holiday makers and those visiting friends and relatives.

Consequent to the fall in tourist arrivals in February 2007, tourism revenues dropped 21 percent ($4.7 million) to $17.7 million, a level nevertheless 35 percent ($4.6 million) higher than the level in February 2006.

The higher overall level of arrivals so far this year, which has contributed to further expansion in the tourism sector, reflected the increased number of flights to Samoa, cheaper airfares and the success of overseas tourism promotions

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