The number of outbound tourists for the second quarter in 2017 were estimated at 125,454, the National Statistics Office said today, this is an increase of 20.2 per cent over the corresponding quarter of 2016.
The NSO said that increases were recorded in the number of outbound tourist trips towards both EU and non-EU destinations, reaching 112,591 and 12,863 respectively.
Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular EU destinations, the NSO said, with a share of 49.5 per cent of total tourist trips.
There was an increase of 23.4 per cent in total nights spent by outbound tourists, reaching 913,707 nights.
In absolute terms,the NSO said that most of the guest nights were spent in private accommodation establishments.
The estimated outlay by resident outbound tourists between April and June was up by 22.9 per cent over the same quarter of 2016, at €108.4 million, which was equivalent to an average €864 per trip.
There were 240,673 outbound tourist trips between January and June this year, an increase of 15.8 per cent over 2016.
The National Statistics Office said that outbound tourism nights reached 1.6 million, up by 15.5 per cent. With the total outlay by resident outbound tourists estimated at €201.2 million, 11.8 per cent higher than that recorded for the same period in 2016.
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