October’s inbound visitors increased by 12% on last year – NSO
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There was an increase of 12.0 per cent in the number of inbound visitors for October, when the figure stood at 245,922, the National Statistics Office said today.
Out of these, 209,832 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 19,712 were undertaken for business purposes.
The NSO noted that the number of visitors from EU Member States went up by 11.3 per cent to 204,779 when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
The total number of nights spent also increase, this time by 6.2 per cent when compared to October 2016, surpassing 1.6 million nights. The NSO added that the largest share of guest nights (59.5 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.
However the number of guests nights in private accommodation also saw an increase, of 11.3 per cent when compared to last year.
Total tourist expenditure in October was estimated at €208.9 million, an increase of 10.2 per cent and from January to October total expenditure surpassed €1.7 billion, the NSO said.
Photograph by Alain Salvary