Foreign visitor arrivals in the Chinese mainland totaled 19.36 million in the first nine months of 2013, down five percent over the same period last year, Xinhua news agency reported, citing new data from the National Tourism Administration. Visitor arrivals from Asian nations totaled 11.8 million during the period and declined the most on a year-on-year basis, down 5.92 percent, with arrivals from Japan down 23.84 percent, it said. Arrivals from North and South America totaled 2.32 million, down 2.55 percent. Arrivals from the United States and Canada stood at 1.55 million and 502,300, down 2.53 percent and 4 percent, respectively, the data showed.
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