Jersey tourism numbers show slight fall

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Tourism bosses are hoping numbers for the year will be up on 2009

Tourist numbers for Jersey are slightly down on last year.

The total number of arrivals is down by less than 1% compared with 2009, Jersey's Tourism Department said.

It said a £500,000 TV, radio and newspaper campaign helped prevent a bigger fall, which was feared at the start of the summer.

It added that the total number of tourists could be above the annual figure of about 360,000 after figures for August and September were included.

The latest figures show passengers arriving from France by sea are up 13% on last year.

David de Carteret, director of tourism, said: "We had a very slow start but picked up in July and August.

"There's a fair chance we shall be ahead by the end of the year."

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