According to the Central Bank, in the first quarter of 2018 there were 17 visits by cruise liners in Malta, 17 less than previous year. Foreign passengers also decreased from 85,133 to 69,725, but according to the Central Bank it is still a good number.
In the first quarter of 2018, the occupancy rate in collective accommodation establishments rose to 52.5% from 49.6%. There were higher occupancy rates in all types of accommodation.
According to the survey, it was also found that the trade deficit decreased by €371.2 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.