Inbound tourism for August 2019 reached 338,758 visitors, an increase of 6.7 per cent when compared with the corresponding period last year.
Figures released by the National Statistics Office (NSO) show that of the total inbound tourist trips, 313,506 were for holiday purposes, while a further 9,656 were undertaken for business purposes. Inbound tourists from non-EU countries went up by 8.3 per cent when compared with August 2018. A proportion of 40.6 per cent of inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 for August 2019, followed by those aged 0-24 at 33,3 per cent.
The number of nights spent during tourist inbound trips increased by 5.8 per cent when compared with the same period last year, reaching close to 2.9 million nights. The largest share of guest nights was spent in collective accommodation establishments, at 45.7 per cent. Collective accommodation establishments include hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday complexes and boutique hotels.
Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €329.6 million, an increase of 2.8 per cent over the corresponding month in 2018.
When looking at tourist figures between January and August 2019, inbound tourist trips amounted to 1,848,935 – an increase of 4.7 per cent over the same eight months in 2018. Total nights spent increased by 3 per cent, reaching nearly 13.2 million nights.
Total tourism expenditure was estimated at almost €1.5 billion, 3.9 per cent higher than that recorded for 2018. Total expenditure per capita stood at €810, a decrease of 0.9 per cent when compared to 2018.