A release issued by Ministry of Finance and Economic Management November 2014 put visitor arrivals at 9,417, a decrease of 924 compared to November 2013.
November arrivals have been performing well for the last two years, with arrivals exceeding 10,000 in both years.
Locals may have noticed the island was also quieter last month than it has been, with October 2014 visitor arrivals totalling 11,842 – meaning 2,425 less visitors arrived in the country last month.
The decline was driven mainly by a fall in Australian arrivals of 715, with a further drop of 284 in numbers from New Zealand.
Europe was the only market to show an increase, with 195 more arrivals than in November 2013.
While monthly visitor arrivals for the last three months have been up and down, overall performance has been consistent with the 2014, 2015 Budget forecasts.
The Australian market continues to be a key focus for the Cook Islands, and will be looked at more closely over the next few months.
A spokesman for a local resort said the first two weeks of December were usually very quiet, it then became busy over the Christmas and New Year holidays before settling down in February, rising steadily towards New Zealand’s winter months.
The spokesman, who did not want to be named, said the resort’s December occupancy was 61 per cent, higher than usual.
New Zealand tourists made up the most guests and over 70 per cent were Kiwis. During the traditional quiet times occupancy levels could drop as low as 30 per cent, the spokesman said.
Next week’s half-year economic fiscal update will provide more details about tourism numbers.