The number of international arrivals into the country for the second quarter of 2021 has decreased by 8.7 percent.
National Statistician Douglas Kimi released the latest statistics on Thursday 23rd September 2021.
Mr Kimi said the total arrivals for the second quarter of 2021 was 742.
“This is a decrease of 8.7% compared to the 1st quarter of 2021. However, compared to the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 124.2% was recorded.
“Returning residents made up 74.1% of arrivals for second quarter 2021”, said Mr Kimi.
“This was followed by Visitors with 23.9% of arrivals and the remaining 2.0% were Intending residents.”
Arrivals by country of residence for the second quarter 2021 showed that China recorded 39.5% with the largest group of visitors to the Solomon Islands, compared to the first quarter of 2021.
Mr Kimi said the next largest group of visitors were from Australia (31.1%), followed by Other Asia (17.5%), New Zealand (2.8%), Other country (2.3%), Japan (1.7%), Papua New Guinea, United States of America and Other Pacific (1.1%) and United Kingdom ,Fiji and France (0.6%).
“Visitor arrivals by month showed that May recorded the highest number of arrivals in the second quarter of 2021 with 118 visitors.”
This was followed by month of April with a total of 51 visitors and June with 8 visitors.