Official statistics published by the NSO show that the number of tourists arriving in Malta in December 2019 was just under 18% more than the same month in the previous year. In all 2019, more tourist spent more nights in Malta than they did in 2018 but they spent less money.
In 2019, inbound tourist trips totalled nearly 2.8 million, an increase of 5.9 % over the same period in 2018. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 4.1 %, surpassing 19.3 million nights. Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €2.2 billion, 5.7 % higher than that recorded in 2018 . Total expenditure per capita stood at €807, a decrease of 0.2 % when compared to 2018.
Inbound Tourism: December 2019
During December 2019, a total of 123,721 inbound tourist trips were undertaken for holiday purposes, while a further 14,416 were made for business purposes. The total inbound tourists were estimated at 144,706. Inbound tourists from Non-EU Member States went up by 23.4 % when compared to the same period in 2018. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years (41.1 %), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (32.4 %).
Total nights spent went up by 15.1 % when compared to December 2018, surpassing 1.0 million nights. The largest share of guest nights (47.1 %) was spent in collective accommodation establishments. Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €98.3 million, an increase of 25.4 % over the corresponding month in 2018.