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Outbound tourist trips during May were estimated at 21,043, up by 12.4 per cent over the corresponding month last year, the NSO revealed on Wednesday. Same-day visitor trips increased to 4,791.

Outbound trips towards EU destinations in May 2011 accounted for 88 per cent of the total and numbered 18,620. A further 2,423 trips headed towards Non-EU destinations. Trips towards EU countries advanced by 16 per cent, while those towards Non-EU destinations edged down.

The number of outbound tourists during the first five months of 2011 was estimated at 106,572, an increase of 15 per cent over the corresponding period last year. The most visited countries were the UK and Italy, which together account for 67 per cent of total EU trips. Trips to Non-EU destinations dropped by 12 per cent and were estimated at 12,479.

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