Increase in tourists, length of stay and expenditure for June – NSO

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Increase in tourists, length of stay and expenditure for June - NSO232,193, was the estimated total of inbound visitors for June, the National Statistics Office has said. This was an increase of 19.4 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.

The number of inbound tourist trips carried out for holiday purposes totalled 189,687, while a further 21,015 were undertaken for business purposes., the NSO said.

The data released today also show that there was a significant increase of 47.9 per cent registered in the number of business trips when compared to June 2016.

The NSO added that inbound tourists from EU Member States also went up by 16.1 per cent to 193,020 when compared to the corresponding month last year.

It noted that the majority of inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44, this was followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket.

There was an increase of 9.6 per cent in the total of nights spent when compared to June 2016, reaching nearly 1.6 million nights. The NSO said that the largest share of guest nights (59.5 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.

The number of tourist nights in private accommodation increased by 12.5 per cent when compared to last year.

€193.7 million was the estimated total tourist expenditure. The NSO said that this was an increase of 14.3 per cent over the same month last year.

January to June inbound tourist trips reached 990,182, an increase of 19.3 per cent over the same period in 2016.

The total nights spent by inbound tourists during this period went up by 11.6 per cent, surpassing 6.5 million nights.

The NSO concluded by saying the total tourism expenditure reached €753.7 million, 14.8 per cent higher than that recorded for 2016. This resulted in total expenditure per capita of €761, a decrease of 3.8 per cent when compared to 2016.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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