International visitor arrivals in Vanuatu by air totalled 10,877 in September 2017, or 39% of all international arrivals to Vanuatu. This is an increase of 12% over the corresponding month in 2016 and 31% over the previous month. The increase was reflected in the number of visitors who arrived for holiday.
Cruise ship or day visitors stood at 16,829 or 61% of all international arrivals to Vanuatu. This is an increase of 6% over the corresponding month in 2016 with 9 cruise ships in total. Day visitors declined by 5% over the previous month.
Australian visitors accounted for the highest number of visitors by air at 61%; followed by New Caledonia and New Zealand visitors at 11% each; European visitors at 5%; Other pacific countries at 4%; North America at 3%; China and visitors from other countries at 2% each and Japanese visitors at 1%.
International visitors by air spent an average of 10 days. This is an increase of 1 day over September 2016 and also over the previous month. Tanna Island continues to receive the highest number of visitors at 38%; followed by visitors to Santo Island at 31%.