Local tourists who spent one or more nights at accommodation establishments in Lithuania and one-day tourists spent 82.8 million euros, 13.3 percent more than in the first half of 2018, according to preliminary figures from Lithuania's statistics office, Statistics Lithuania.
The number of foreign trips by Lithuanian tourists increased 5.8 percent to 1.068 million, and the number of outgoing tourists rose 5.1 percent to 820,000.
523,800 people travelled abroad in the second quarter of this year, up 3.2 percent from the same period last year, and the average foreign trip duration was 5.9 nights. 44.3 percent spent a night at their family's or friends' or in the private accommodation sector, and 53.6 percent lived at hotels and motels.
Lithuanian tourists spent 298.8 million euros in the second quarter of this year during foreign trips, up 2.1 percent from the same period last year. One Lithuanian resident spent 447.2 euros on average during a foreign trip in the period, down from 475 euros in April-June of 2018.
The number of trips rose 8.4 percent to 668,100 in the second quarter, with trips with a package of tourism services making 24.9 percent of the total. Personals trip made 76.9 percent of all foreign trips, and business trips accounted for 23.1 percent.
In the second quarter, Lithuanians mainly travelled to Turkey (78,200 trips, or 11.7 percent of the total), Latvia (66,200, or 9.9 percent), the United Kingdom (60,400, or 9 percent), Poland (53,100, or 7.9 percent), Germany (50,600, or 7.6 percent) and Belarus (37,700, or 5.6 percent).