Outbound tourists and nights spent both up in fourth quarter of 2017

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Outbound tourists and nights spent both up in fourth quarter of 2017There were an estimated 160,416 total outbound tourists trips for the fourth quarter in 2017, up by 16.6 per cent on the previous year, the National Statistics Office said today.

Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations for outbound tourist trips, with a share of 49.7 per cent.

The number of outbound tourist trips towards non-EU countries also increased, at 34.3 per cent over the same quarter in 2016.

Nights spent increased by 13.1 per cent, surpassing 1.0 million nights. The NSO noted that in absolute terms, the majority of guest nights (55.2 per cent) were spent in private accommodation establishments.

Total estimated outlay by outbound tourists between October and December increased by 15.6 per cent over the same quarter of 2016, and stood at €137.7 million, equivalent to an average €858 per trip.

The number of outbound tourist trips for 2017 numbered 572,500, an increase of 15.2 per cent over 2016, the NSO said.

In 2017, nights spent by outbound tourists went up by 12.6 per cent, surpassing 3.9 million nights.

In addition, the NSO said, total estimated outlay by resident tourists stood at €516.5 million, 11.9 per cent higher than that recorded for the previous year.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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