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Tourist arrivals in Vanuatu by air in July 2017 increased by 27%

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International visitor arrivals by air totalled 12,055 or 52% of all international arrivals to Vanuatu in July 2017, reports the Vanuatu National Statistics Office. This is an increase of 11% over the corresponding month in 2016 and 27% over the previous month.

Cruise ship or day visitors stood at 10,983 or 48% of all international arrivals to Vanuatu. This is a decrease of 36% over the corresponding month in 2016 attributed by the decline in cruise ship arrivals from 9 in July 2016 to 6 cruise ships in July 2017. Day visitors also fell by 1% over the previous month.

Tafea and Sanma province both received the highest number of visitors at 37% each.

Australian visitors accounted for the highest number of visitors by air at 54%; followed by New Zealand visitors at 15%; New Caledonia visitors at 10%; other pacific countries at 7%; European visitors at 6%; China at 3%; North America and other countries at 2% each and Japanese visitors at 1%.

The average age for visitors arriving by air in July 2017 is 39 years, which remained unchanged over
corresponding month in 2016 and also remained unchanged over the previous month.