October’s Inbound tourists up by 10.1% on last year – NSO

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Inbound tourists up by 10.1% in October at 270,700 - NSOAccording to data from the National Statistics Office today, total inbound visitors for October were estimated at 270,702.

This was an increase of 10.1% when compared to the same month last year. The NSO said that of these 236,271 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 18,709 were undertaken for business purposes.

Those travelling from EU Member States numbered 223,813, this was an increase of 9.3% on 2017.

There was a rise of 8.0% in the total nights spent when compared to October last year, reaching nearly 1.8 million nights.

The NSO noted that collective accommodation establishments saw the largest share of guest nights (55.7%).

Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €215.7 million, this was an increase of 3.3%, over the corresponding month in 2017.

Inbound tourist trips for the first ten months of 2018 surpassed 2.3 million, an increase of 15.0% over the same period in 2017. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 12.9% reaching nearly 16.6 million nights.

The NSO added that the total tourism expenditure during the same period was estimated at nearly €1.9 billion, 8.6% than that recorded for 2017. Total expenditure per capita stood at €825, a decrease of 5.5% on last year.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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