First time ever more than a quarter million tourists visit Malta in one month
Total inbound visitors for August were estimated at 256,782, an increase of 3.4% when compared to the corresponding month of 2015, the National Statistics Office said yesterday.
It is the first time ever that more than a quarter million tourists visited Malta in just one month, the government said in a statement later.
A total of 228,428 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 7,295 were undertaken for business purposes. Inbound tourists from EU member states rose by 2.1% to 220,149 compared to the corresponding month of 2015.
The majority of inbound tourists were between 25 and 44, followed by those within the 024 age bracket.
Total nights spent went up by 0.7% when compared to August 2015, amounting to 2,375,917 nights. The largest share of guest nights (50.9%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.
But total tourist expenditure was estimated at €270.9 million, a decrease of 1.9% over the corresponding month of 2015.
Inbound tourist trips from January to August amounted to 1,308,519, an increase of 8.3% over the same period in 2015. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 5.7%, almost 10.2 million nights.
Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €1,156.9 million, 3.6% higher than that recorded for 2015. Total expenditure per capita stood at €884, a decrease of 4.4% when compared to 2015.