The National Statistics Office (NSO) said that outbound tourist trips during October amounted to 28,855, an increase of 15.1 per cent over the corresponding month in 2012.

Estimates published by NSO show that there was an increase of 16 per cent in the number of outbound tourists who travelled abroad by air, whereas a marginal decrease was registered in the number of resident tourists who travelled by sea.

Outbound tourism trips towards EU countries in October numbered 24,904, up by 15 per cent over the corresponding month last year.Trips heading to Italy and the UK accounted for 56 per cent of the total. Upward shifts of 50 and 25 per cent were registered in outbound trips towards the UK and Italy respectively.

An increase was also recorded in the Non-EU market.

The majority of outbound tourists were males (60 per cent) and advanced by 22 per cent when compared to October 2012. Most outbound tourists fell within the 25-44 age bracket (47 per cent), and were followed by the 45-64 age group (32 per cent).

During the month under review, there were 31,553 outbound visitor trips, including 2,698 same-day visits.

Outbound tourist trips throughout this ten-month period numbered 297,539, an increase of 9 per cent when compared to the previous year. Nearly 87 per cent of these outbound tourists chose EU destinations, with Italy and the UK ranked as the most popular destinations.

Trips to Italy and the UK increased by 12 and 10 per cent respectively. In total, EU trips registered an increase, of 11 per cent, reaching 260,265. A marginal decline was registered in trips towards Non-EU countries.

Male passengers outnumbered females, reaching 169,919, or 57 per cent of the total. The largest share of outbound tourists fell within the 25-44 age group (40 per cent), and was followed by the 45-64 age bracket (32 per cent).

Out of 332,158 outbound visitor trips, same-day visitors were estimated at 34,619 NSO confirmed.

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