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Outbound tourists numbered 184,00 in fourth quarter, up 14.7%

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Outbound tourists numbered 184,00 in fourth quarter, up 14.7%There were an estimated 184,004 outbound tourists in the fourth quarter last year, this was up by 14.7% on 2017, the National Statistics Office said today.

The NSO noted that outbound tourists towards EU and non-EU countries increased by 13.3 and 25.1% respectively on the previous year, with Italy and the United Kingdom still the most popular destinations, having a joint share of 48.7% of total tourist trips.

The outbound tourists spent over 1.2 million nights, an increase of 15.0%. The NSO said that in absolute terms, the majority of guest nights (50.3%) were spent in non-rented accommodation establishments.

Estimated outlay by outbound tourists between October and December went up by 7.8% over the same quarter of 2017, and stood at €148.4 million, this was equivalent to an average €807 per trip.

In 2018 the total outbound tourist trips numbered 667,048, an increase of 16.5% over 2017. Total nights spent by outbound tourists went up by 14.2%, reaching almost 4.5 million nights, the NSO said.

The total estimated outlay by resident tourists stood at €563.2 million, the NSO noted that this was 9.0% higher than that recorded for the same period in 2017.

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