Malta tourism sees good times with increase in inbound visitors

Published on : Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Malta tourismThe Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) announced inbound tourism results to the Maltese Islands. The results said that Malta saw an increase in total inbound visitors (12%), total nights spent (6.2%) and total tourism expenditure (10.2%).

 
Inbound tourist trips from January to October 2017 surpassed 2.0 million (+15.7%) while total nights spent reached almost 14.7 million nights (+10.2%). Total tourism expenditure for the period January-October 2017 surpassed €1.7 billion (+13.2%).

 
The MTA’s CEO, Mr. Paul Bugeja said that the issue of seasonality is being addressed. Winter months are no longer prohibitive for the tourists.

 
The MTA is happy because younger generations are picking Malta as their destination of choice, since it is a modern, vibrant destination with a unique blend of history and culture. Average spend per bed night has also registered positive increases, mainly due to increased spend in accommodation and other expenditure.

 
The Minister responsible for Tourism, Dr. Konrad Mizzi, spoke positively of the two-million tourists milestone and emphasized the importance of the initiatives and investment that the local tourism industry is undertaking in collaboration with the Government and the Malta Tourism Authority.

 
Dr. Mizzi said that prospects for 2018, when Valletta will be European Capital of Culture, are also good.

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