Latest statistics show a continuing rise in the tourism sector

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NSOAccording to the ongoing frontier survey, tourist departures in October 2007 are estimated at 139,932, implying an increase of 20.2 per cent over the same month in 2006. The increase reflects primarily a rise in holiday makers, mainly from the British, German and Dutch markets.

Meanwhile,total nights spent increased by 23.7 per cent when compared to the same month in 2006. Year on year, total nights spent in both private and collective accommodation show an increase of 48.7 and 15.4 per cent respectively. Overall, the average length of stay is calculated at 8.6 nights, longer by 0.3 nights when compared to October 2006.

January-October 2007

Inbound tourists for the past ten months are estimated at 1,109,504 implying an increase of 10.3 per cent over the corresponding period a year ago. The growth was primarily attributable to an increase in holiday visits, mainly from the British, Irish, Scandinavian and American markets. Decreases were recorded with respect to the Austrian, Dutch and Belgian markets.

87.1 per cent of all inbound visits comprised tourists coming from EU Member States. Although there was an increase in repeat tourism, data show that the overall increase was primarily characterised by a rise in first-time visits estimated to account for 68.4 per cent of the total. The largest age bracket comprised tourists aged between 45 and 64, albeit the strongest increase is attributable to tourists aged between 25 and 44.

Total nights spent increased by 3.7 per cent when compared to the same period in 2006. Nights spent in private accommodation increased by 6.7 per cent, while those in collective accommodation registered an increase of 2.5 per cent. Tourist nights in rented accommodation and in lodging with family and friends increased by 3.5 and 17.3 per cent respectively, while those spent in owner-occupied accommodation registered a drop of 5.3 per cent.

With regard to guest-nights in collective accommodation a 22.9 per cent increase in the 5-star category was contracted with a decrease in the 3-star and a lesser decrease in the 4-star categories. The average length of stay is calculated at 9.0 nights, down by 0.6 nights when compared to last year’s level.

During the period under review, total tourist expenditure is estimated at Lm416.8 million, an increase of 6.9 per cent over the same period in 2006. The increase was underpinned by higher non-package and other expenditure. Although the majority are still opting for package travel, direct bookings and non-package stays are exhibiting an increasing trend.

The survey results indicate that the per capita total expenditure is estimated at Lm384, down by 2.6 per cent when compared to the same period in previous year

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