In 2019, more tourists, less spending – NSO

Leli Cini sells packets of salt to passing tourists at the salt pans at Xwejni, outside the village of Zebbug on the island of Gozo, Malta September 4, 2018.REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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.  

January-December 2019

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.