Inbound tourist trips from January to November 2017 reached 2,164,616, an increase of 15.7 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 10.0 per cent, surpassing 15.7 million nights.
Total inbound visitors for November were estimated at 167,101, an increase of 17.1 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
A total of 139,230 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 15,297 were undertaken for business purposes.
Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 14.7 per cent to 140,825 when compared to the corresponding month in 2016. Most inbound tourists were aged between 45 and 64 (38.3 per cent), followed by those within the 25-44 age bracket (36.5 per cent). During November 2017, first-time tourists increased by 27.4 per cent, while repeat tourists declined by 7.2 per cent when compared to the same month in 2016.
Total nights spent went up by 7.1 per cent when compared to November 2016, surpassing 1.0 million nights. The largest share of guest nights (66.9 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments. Tourist nights in private accommodation decreased by 2.0 per cent when compared to November 2016.
Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €120.3 million, an increase of 18.3 per cent over the corresponding month in 2016.
Total tourism expenditure reached almost €1.9 billion, 13.5 per cent higher than that recorded for 2016. Total expenditure per capita stood at €864, a decrease of 1.8 per cent when compared to 2016.