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Tourist numbers in Macedonia rise 16.4% in H1

Author Mario Tanev
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SKOPJE (Macedonia), August 13 (SeeNews) - The number of tourists in Macedonia in the first half of 2018 rose by 16.4% year-on-year, reaching 433,361, the country's statistical office said on Monday.

The number of domestic tourists rose 9.3% year-on-year to 131,798 in the first six months of the year, whereas the number of international visitors increased 19.8% to 301,563, the statistical office said in a statement.

The number of overnights spent by tourists in Macedonia in the review period increased 16.0% on the year to 923,855. Tourist overnights spend by Macedonian citizens rose 6.6% to 326,494, while foreign tourists spent 597,361 overnights, up 21.9%.

In June alone, the number of tourists increased 20.7% on the year to 102,327, while tourist overnights grew 23.4% to 243,175.

Of the total number of foreign tourists who visited Macedonia in June, 14% came from the Netherlands, 13.7% from Poland and 9.9% from Turkey.