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'Fall' in monthly tourism figures

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The number of visitors from France increased in March

The number of tourists visiting Jersey in March fell by 11.6% compared with 2008, said Jersey Tourism.

The total number of business and leisure visitors arriving in the island by land and sea fell by 11.9% during the month.

But the number of people travelling to Jersey from nearby France increased.

David de Carteret, Director of Jersey Tourism, said in 2008 Easter fell during March which is why the visitor numbers were higher than this year.

He said he hoped the number of tourists would pick up in the summer.

There are also hopes Jersey will benefit from the current low level of the pound against the euro by attracting UK visitors who normally holiday in mainland Europe.

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