Malta’s inbound tourism grows 5.5% in June

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The total number of inbound visitors in Malta grew by 5.5% to an estimated 280,522 in June 2019, as compared to the corresponding month in 2018, according to the latest figures published by the National Statistics Office (NSO). Total expenditure also increased by 10.7% to an estimated €235.4m, over the corresponding month in 2018.

A total of 251,747 trips were carried out for holiday purposes while 15,545 were for business purposes.

The number of tourists from non-EU countries went up by 17.1% when compared to the corresponding month in 2018. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 (42.2%), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (29.2%). 

The number of nights spent in Malta went up by 5.1% when compared to June 2018, surpassing 1.9 million. The largest share of guest nights (53.4%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments. 

Growth seen in H1, too

In the first half of the year, inbound tourist trips amounted to 1,208,068, up by 3.9% over the same period of 2018. Total nights spent also went up by 2.4%, reaching nearly 7.9m nights in H1.

In addition, expenditure was estimated at €883.5m, 5.1% higher than in the same half of 2018. Total expenditure per capita stood at €731, an increase of 1.1% when compared to the previous year. 

The report with charts, tables and numbers is available for download at the website of NSO.