Palau Visitor Arrivals Jump By Nearly 30 Percent In September

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Increase lead by big increase in tourists from mainland China

By Jose Rodriguez T. Senase

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Oct. 23, 2014) – September arrival numbers released by the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) showed a big increase of 29.27 percent compared to the same period last year.

There were 11,864 visitors to Palau in September 2014 compared to 9, 178 in September 2013, or a difference of 2, 686.

The huge increase pushed the overall total for the first nine months of the year to 99,475, which is ahead of last year’s pace by 19,719 or 24.72 percent, when 79,756 arrived in Palau in the same period last year.

Arrivals from the Mainland China in September 2014 increased by a whopping 502.71 percent compared to the number of visitors from the Asian country in the same period last year.

There were 4,008 arrivals from China in September 2014 compared to 665 in September 2013 or a difference of 3,343.

This increase can be attributed to two new airlines; Dynamic Airways, with direct flight from Hong Kong to Palau starting on September 16th 2014 and, Asian Air commenced on September 26 with flights from Macau.

Arrivals from Japan increased by 187 or 5.99 percent. There were 3,311 visitors from Japan in September 2014 compared to 3,124 in September 2013.

Arrivals from Taiwan decreased by 201 or 7.70 percent. There were 2,410 visitors from Taiwan in September 2014 compared to 2, 611 in September 2013.

Korean arrivals also decreased from 1, 756 in September 2013 to 1, 019 in the same period this year, or a difference of 737 (41.97 percent).

North America shows an increase of 47 or 9.65 percent compared to 2011 arrivals. There were 534 visitors from North America in September 2014 compared to 487 in September 2013.

Europe visitor arrivals shows increase by 21 (10.82 percent) compared to 2013 year to date. There were 215 visitors from Europe including Russia in September 2014 compared to 194 in the same period last year.

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