83% decrease in tourism during October

Tourist expenditure decreased by more than two-thirds.

Miguela Xuereb

Statistics for October 2020 published by the National Statistics Office show a decrease of 83.7% or 46.914 tourists when compared to the same month last year.

The data shows that during the month under review, a total of 41,929 inbound tourist trips were undertaken for holiday purposes, while a further 2,966 were made for business purposes.

The NSO statement accompanying this data says that the results need to be interpreted in the context of the COVID-19 situation and the disruption of flights to and from Malta.

The decrease in visitors on the island had a ripple effect on other data. Total tourist expenditure in (January – October 2020) was €428,692, over 78% less than the same period in 2019 a difference of €1,557,460.

The lack of tourism together with the Covid-19 measures, said the NSO statement, are effecting badly operators such as bars. This sector has been closed for weeks after having incurred expenses to adhere to the health regulations. However, the government deemed that bars should remain closed till further notice.

Bars and social clubs will remain closed – Prime Minister
Bars and social clubs will remain closed – Prime Minister

The results also tally with data which shows that hotels and other collective accommodation establishments saw a decrease by more than 55% in guests during the third quarter of 2020, when compared to the same period in 2019.

Hotel guests decrease by 55%
Hotel guests decrease by 55% – NSO