Outbound tourists increased by 19.5% in the first quarter – NSO

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Outbound tourists increased by 19.5% in the first quarter - NSOThere was an increase of 19.5% in outbound tourists for the first quarter of this year, when the estimated figure stood at 137,730, the National Statistics Office said today.

Outbound tourist trips towards non-EU countries increased by 45.0% over the same quarter in 2017.

The NSO noted that Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with a joint share of 55.9% of total tourist trips.

The number of nights spent by outbound tourists increased by 18.6% amounting to 836,813 nights, with the majority of guest nights (59.4%) spent in rented accommodation establishments, the NSO said.

Estimated outlay by outbound tourists between January and March increased by 11.2% over the same quarter last year, and stood at €103.3 million, equivalent to an average €750 per trip the NSO said.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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