15% rise in tourist arrivals in first nine months of 2018 – NSO
Total inbound visitors for September were estimated at 279,010, an increase of 15.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2017, the NSO said.
A total of 239,377 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 21,416 were undertaken for business purposes. Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 11.9 per cent to 224,405 when compared to the corresponding month in 2017.
Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 (39.5 per cent), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (33.0 per cent). Total nights spent went up by 10.2 per cent when compared to September 2017, surpassing 2.0 million nights.
The largest share of guest nights (48.4 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments. Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €242.7 million, an increase of 4.8 per cent over the corresponding month in 2017.
Inbound tourist trips for the first nine months of 2018 reached 2,036,841, an increase of 15.6 per cent over the same period in 2017.
Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 13.5 per cent, surpassing 14.8 million nights. Total tourism expenditure was estimated at nearly €1.7 billion, 9.3 per cent higher than that recorded for 2017. Total expenditure per capita stood at €827, a decrease of 5.4 per cent when compared to 2017.