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Inbound tourist figures for November up by 5.5% on 2010

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Inbound tourist figures for November up by 5.5% on 2010Tourstat data for November showed an increase of 5.5 per cent in inbound tourists when compared to the corresponding month last year. Total nights spent advanced by 17.9 per cent.

During November, 68,260 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 10,520 were undertaken for business purposes. Consequently, holidaymakers comprised the absolute majority of inbound tourists, and registered an increase of 4 per cent over last year. Furthermore, first-time visitors accounted for the majority of inbound tourists, with an estimated 63 per cent of the total, albeit a notable increase in repeat tourism. In line with previous months, 84 per cent of inbound tourists came from EU Member States. The main markets for incoming tourists were the UK, Germany and Italy.

Total nights spent during November went up by 18 per cent, reaching 662,484 nights. The majority of guest nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments, where an increase of 12 per cent was recorded. The average length of stay stood at 7.9 nights, up by 0.8 of a night when compared to November last year. This was mainly attributed to an increase of 11 per cent in stays exceeding 7 nights.

Total expenditure during November also rose with respect to 2010 levels and stood at €66 million. This estimate was 15 per cent higher than that for 2010, with increases noted in all expenditure categories.

The total number of departing tourists during this eleven-month period reached 1,357,971, an increase of 6 per cent over the comparable period last year. This was primarily due to an increase in holiday visits, mainly from the British, French and Germany markets. Table 6 shows that 85 per cent of all inbound visitors comprised tourists coming from EU Member States, and from the euro area, albeit a rise of 18 per cent in the number of Non-EU tourists.

During the same period, most tourists opted for non-package travel; however an increase in package trips was recorded. On a gender basis, results show that male tourists exceeded females, accounting for 53 per cent of the total. The largest proportions of inbound passengers were aged between 45 and 64, followed by tourists within the 25-44 age bracket.

Total nights spent during the period under review went up by 5 per cent, exceeding 11 million. The majority of guest nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments, where an increase of 3 per cent was recorded. On the other hand, total nights spent in private accommodation went up by 7 per cent. The average length of stay was calculated at 8.2 nights, down by 0.2 of a night over 2010 estimates.

Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €1,190 million, a rise of 9 per cent over 2010. Increases were recorded in all expenditure categories, except for accommodation, were a marginal drop was recorded. Total per capita expenditure was up by 3 per cent, reaching €877.

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