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Revenue from tourism reached EUR 321.2 mln in July compared to 338.6 mln a year earlier, a drop of 5.1%, according to the Statistical Service, despite a 5.7% increase in arrival numbers. This was the first drop in revenue from tourism since last March, when it had dropped by 14.3% on a yearly basis.
On the other hand, the Passenger Survey for January-July saw revenue from tourism rise to EUR 1,099.9 mln compared to 1,036.2 mln in the same period of 2013, an increase of 6.1%.
The average stay of tourists in July increased to 10.7 days, compared to 10.5 days in July 2013. The longest staying tourists in July were those from the USA with 14.1 days, followed by the Irish with 13.5 days and the U.K. with 11.2 days. Total per capita spending dropped to EUR 841.00 compared to 936.80 in July 2013, while daily spending dropped to EUR 78.30 from 89.40.
The highest per capita spending was recorded by tourists from France with EUR 1,000.70, followed by the Swiss with 940.10 and the Russians with 934.40.
The lowest per capita spending was recorded by the Greeks with EUR 412.90, the Finns with 557.20 and the Israelis with 597.20. Furthermore, the highest daily spending was recorded by tourists from Belgium with EUR 121.00, the Swiss with 106.20 and the Dutch with 101.40, while the lowest was recorded by the Greeks with EUR 38.90, the Americans with 54.70 and the Irish with 66.70.