Outbound tourism decreased by 21.3% between January and March

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The total number of outbound tourists for the first quarter of 2020 was estimated at 115,573 which means a decrease of 21.3% over the corresponding quarter of 2019.

According to statistics published by the National Statistics Office, NSO, during the first quarter of this year, between January and March, a total of 66,416 outbound tourist trips were undertaken for holiday purposes, while a further 27,761 were made for visiting friends and relatives.

Data shows that Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with a joint share of 49.6% of total tourist trips.

Total nights spent by outbound tourists decreased by 19.1%, amounting to 672,937 nights.

In absolute terms, the majority of guest nights, 52.0%, were spent in rented accommodation establishments.

The statistics published by NSO also show that the total estimated expenditure by outbound tourists between January and March decreased by 27.9% over the same quarter of 2019, and stood at €81.3 million, equivalent to an average €704 per person.