Less than 15,000 tourists visited during November 2020 – NSO

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Miguela Xuereb

Less than 15,000 individuals visited Malta during November 2020 according to the latest statistics published by the National Statistics Office.

The report revealed over 92% decrease when compared to the same period in 2019. This negative result was expected due to the pandemic and its effect on tourism.

Less tourists resulted in less expenditure by tourists. Total tourism expenditure reached nearly €442.0 million, a decrease of 79.2 % than that recorded during the same period in 2019. The report also shows that a decrease in expenditure per capita was noted. Total expenditure per capita stood at €685, a decrease of 15.8 per cent when compared to the same period in 2019.

Italian tourists amounted to 3,695 or 24.7% in 2020. The largest percentage per tourist nationality. However, the figure is just a shade when compared to 22,294 Italians visiting Malta in 2019. Another massive decrease was noted in the UK market. The over 45,000 tourists that visited Malta during 2019 dwindled to just 1,887 in 2020.

In October 215 workers that lost their jobs in the tourism sector were employed with Local Councils. The tourism sector has been one of the worst-hit due to coronavirus pandemic. Since the outbreak of the novel virus in Malta, the airport was closed for several months in a bid to curb the spread of the virus within the community.

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants associations back in November said that vaccine gives the industry a ray of hope for 2021.