Outbound trips increased 10% in 2013
Outbound tourist trips last year totalled 363,463, an increase of 9.8 per cent when compared to 2012. Total nights spent amounted to 2.9 million and the average length of stay stood at 7.9 nights. An estimated 87.5 per cent of outbound tourists chose to visit EU destinations, with Italy and the United Kingdom ranking as the most popular. In total, EU trips registered an increase of 11.3 per cent, reaching 318,083. Trips towards Non-EU countries remained almost at par with 2012 levels.
More than half the total outbound trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 17.5 per cent were undertaken for business and professional reasons. The number of same-day visitors amounted to 40,566.
Non-package travel was significantly higher than package travel, accounting for 75.9 per cent of total trips. The largest share of outbound tourists made use of collective accommodation establishments while abroad. The average length of stay in collective accommodation stood at 6.1 nights, while that recorded for private accommodation stood at 11.6 nights.
Total estimated outlay by resident tourists during 2013 was €370 million, equivalent to €129 per night. Package expenditure stood at €58 million (€103 per night), while that for non-package trips was estimated at €116.4 million (€51 per night).
During December amounted to 39,854, an increase of 13.2 per cent over the corresponding month in 2012. The number of outbound tourist trips towards EU countries in December stood at 35,298, an increase of 14.8 per cent over December 2012. Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with a share of 58.9 per cent of total tourist trips. Almost all major European markets recorded increases when compared to December 2012, except for the French market, which dropped by 22.3 per cent. Trips to Non-EU countries increased by 2.6 per cent.
The majority of outbound tourists were males (53.8 per cent). Most outbound tourists were in the 25-44 age bracket (46.4 per cent), followed by the 45-64 age group (25.2 per cent). During the month under review, there were 42,036 outbound visitor trips, of which 2,182 were same-day visits.