Inbound Tourist Trips increased by 7.3% in March 2014
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Total inbound tourist trips for March were estimated at 97,800, an increase of 7.3 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2013. Excluding the passengers who stayed overnight on board their berthed cruise ship, this increase amounted to 9.5 per cent.
A total of 74,445 inbound visits were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 12,525 were undertaken for business purposes. Most inbound tourists came from EU Member States, while tourists from Non-EU countries increased by 26.6 per cent. The largest proportion of inbound tourists were aged between 45 and 64, followed by those within the 25-44 age bracket.
Total nights spent were marginally down from last year, reaching 686,558. In absolute terms, the majority of guest nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments. Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €73.4 million, an increase of 8.7 per cent over the corresponding month a year earlier. When compared to the previous year there is an increase in the number of tourists with a short duration of visit and in the number of business trips. This was reflected in a lower average length of stay and higher total expenditure.
Inbound tourism during the first quarter amounted to 232,624, an increase of 7.0 per cent over 2013. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 4.3 per cent, reaching nearly 1.8 million nights.
During the period under review, total tourism expenditure was estimated at €176.6 million. This estimate is 7.8 per cent higher than that recorded for the same period in 2013. Total per capita expenditure stood at €759, practically at par with the previous year.