Total inbound visitors for October were estimated at 245,922, an increase of 12 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2016, according to figures released by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
A total of 209,832 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 19,712 were undertaken for business purposes.
Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 11.3 per cent to 204,779 when compared to the corresponding month in 2016. Most inbound tourists were aged between 45 and 64, followed by those within the 25-44 age bracket.
Total nights spent went up by 6.2 per cent when compared to October 2016, surpassing 1.6 million nights. The largest share of guest nights (59.5 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments. Tourist nights in private accommodation increased by 11.3 per cent when compared to October 2016.
Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €208.9 million, an increase of 10.2 per cent over the corresponding month in 2016.
Inbound tourist trips from January to October 2017 surpassed the 2 million mark, an increase of 15.7 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 10.2 per cent, reaching almost 14.7 million nights.
Total tourism expenditure surpassed €1.7 billion, 13.2 per cent higher than that recorded for 2016. Total expenditure per capita stood at €874, a decrease of 2.1 per cent when compared to 2016.