The National Statistics Office has reported that outbound tourist trips during March amounted to 24,451, an increase of 6.0 per cent over the corresponding month last year. Total nights spent abroad during the first quarter were estimated at 410,834.
The number of outbound tourist trips towards EU countries was calculated at 21,481, while a further 2,970 trips headed towards non-EU destinations. EU trips declined marginally, whereas non-EU trips more than doubled. Italy and the UK remained the most popular tourism destinations and shared between them 61 per cent of the total tourism market.
The largest share of outbound tourists were males at 14,833, or 61 per cent of the total. Male tourists increased by 17 per cent, whereas females dropped by 7 per cent. Most tourists fell within the 25-44 age bracket (9,899), and were followed by the 45-64 age group (7,252). Out of 25,861 outbound visitor trips, same-day visitors were estimated at 1,410.
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