Inbound tourist trips in December up by 1.4% on 2013 – NSO

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Inbound tourist trips in December up by 1.4% on 2013 - NSOTotal inbound tourist trips for December 2014 were estimated at 66,619, an increase of 1.4 per cent when compared to the corresponding month of 2013, the National Statistics Office said today.

Excluding the passengers who stayed overnight on board their berthed cruise ship, total inbound tourist trips amounted to 66,232.

A total of 53,136 inbound visits were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 8,176 were undertaken for business. Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 7.7 per cent to 55,512. The largest proportion of inbound tourists were aged between 45 and 64, followed by those within the 25-44 age bracket.

Total nights spent went up by 3.1 per cent when compared to December 2013, reaching 585,264. The largest share of guest nights (60.0 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.

Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €51.7 million, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the corresponding month a year earlier.

Inbound tourism from January to December amounted to 1,714,533, an increase of 7.8 per cent over the same period in 2013. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 4.9 per cent, reaching 13.5 million.

Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €1.5 billion, 6.1 per cent higher than that recorded for the same period in 2013. Total per capita expenditure stood at €905, slightly lower than 2013.

Photograph: Alain Salvary

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