Total outbound tourists for 4th quarter of 2016 up by 22.5%
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Total outbound tourists for the fourth quarter of 2016 were estimated at 137,586, an increase of 22.5 per cent over the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
During the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of outbound tourist trips towards EU countries stood at 123,745, an increase of 23.8 per cent over the same quarter in 2015. Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with a share of 54.1 per cent of total tourist trips.
Total nights spent by outbound tourists increased by 7.3 per cent, reaching 923,403 nights. In absolute terms, the majority of guest nights were spent in private accommodation establishments.
Total estimated outlay by resident tourists between October and December increased by 11.2 per cent over the same quarter of 2015, and stood at €119.1 million, equivalent to an average €866 per trip.
Total outbound tourist trips between January and December 2016 numbered 496,767, an increase of 16.2 per cent over 2015. Total nights spent by outbound tourists went up by 6.7 per cent, reaching almost 3.5 million nights. In addition, total estimated outlay by resident tourists stood at €461.4 million, 9.1 per cent higher than that recorded for the same period in 2015.