13 FEBRUARY 2002

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Tourist arrivals dropped but British market healthy

According to National Statistics office, in October last year, tourist arrivals dropped by 4,892 or 4.4 per cent over the same month a year earlier and reached 106,855.

Yet the number of British tourists was still rather healthy for the same month and increased by 1,370 to 43,218 from 41,848 in 2000.
Arrivals from the German market for the same month were down by 2,913 to 17,321 from 20,234 in 2000.
Other drops in arrivals were recorded from, amongst others, the Italian (-1,103), the Dutch (-726), the American (-795) and a group of "other" (-920) markets.
In the period under review, the number of British tourists went up by 27,107 or 7.2 per cent to 403,229 from 376,122 in the same period a year earlier. Other increases in arrivals were recorded from, amongst others, the French (+6,688), the Swiss (+3,047), the Russian (+2,960) and a group of "other" (+4,359) markets.
In the ten-month period January-October 2001, arrivals from the German market declined by 37,348 to 147,313 from 184,661 a year earlier. Other drops in arrivals were registered from, amongst others, the Dutch (-12,200), the Libyan (-10,471), the Belgian (-2,853) and the Swedish (-2,514) markets.
In October 2001, the number of cruise passengers increased by 13,945 to 44,869 a year earlier. In the ten-month period January-October 2001, the number of cruise passengers was up by 77,437 or 49.9 per cent over the same period in the previous year.
In the first ten months of 2001, tourists spent over 10.0 million days in the country; an average of 9.4 days each. In the previous year, tourists spent around 9.1 million days or an average of 8.4 days each in the country.



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