Inbound tourism registers increase in first-time visitors

Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Malta Tourism AuthorityInbound tourism during October increased by 13.2% when compared to the same month last year, taking the total of tourists to more than 174,000.

 

According to statistics issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO), the number of tourists visiting Malta for holiday purposes rose by 13%, while business tourists increased by 18%.

 

First time visitors also increased in October, rising by 21% over 2012.

 

NSO said that inbound tourism from EU Member States rose by 10%, while non-EU tourists went up by 39%.

 

The UK remained Malta’s main tourism market despite a drop of 5%. The German market came second, followed by the Italian and French markets.

 

Total nights spent during October were estimated at 1.3 million, up by 6% when compared to the corresponding month last year. Overall, 73 per cent of total nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments. The average length of stay stood at 7.4 nights, down by 0.5 of a night.

 

Total expenditure of departing tourists was estimated at €156 million, meaning a growth of 13%.

 

The total number of departing tourists who visited Malta during the first ten months was estimated at 1.4 million, up by 9% over the comparable period in 2012.

 

In absolute terms, the main origin of inbound tourists remained the British market; yet a significant increase was recorded in the Libyan, Austrian, Russian, Italian and Irish markets. On the other hand, the Spanish market recorded a downward shift of 11% when compared to last year.

 

Non-package travel was slightly higher than package travel, with an estimated 53% of the total. Nonetheless, inbound tourists opting for package travel advanced by 8% when compared to 2012 levels.

 

Source:- Malta Tourism Authority

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