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Arrivals dip for early February

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VISITOR arrivals for the first half of the month have slightly decreased, according to a report from the Guam Visitors Bureau. Overall, compared to the same period in February 2013, 4.2 percent fewer visitors came to the island.

Korean arrivals, however, showed an increase of 41 percent exhibiting the increasing interest Korean visitors have in Guam. The report denotes that 3,000 more people from Korea came to the island from Feb. 1 to 13, compared to the same time last year. Korea is the second largest source market for tourists flying to Guam.

Japan remains the No. 1 source for interested visitors, boasting more than 30,000 arrivals for the first two weeks of this month. Compared to last year, arrivals from Japan decreased by about 13 percent.

Russian arrival numbers are not nearly as much as Japanese arrivals. However, the numbers indicate a steady increase in visitors from that country. This month, 607 Russians tourists chose to spend some time in Guam, about 400 more than was recorded for the same period in 2013.

Previously, GVB chairman Mark Baldyga said Russian travelers tend to stay longer than tourists from other countries, which adds to the appeal of that market.

GVB also noted an increase in arrivals from the U.S. mainland, about 28 percent more than last year. Arrivals from Hawaii increased as well, from 265 to 377 for the month.

For the first 13 days of this month, 51,329 visitors arrived on island, with the majority of travelers flying in from Japan, Korea and Taiwan, which is consistent with previous reports.

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