Outbound tourism decreases by 75%

Italy remains most popular destination

Miguela Xuereb

Total outbound tourists for the third quarter in 2020 were estimated at 51,855, a decrease of 75.1% over the corresponding quarter of 2019. This data was derived from the National Statistics Office (NSO).

In this quarter, a total of 16,540 outbound tourist trips were undertaken for holiday purposes, while a further 27,120 were made for visiting friends and relatives.

Despite soaring COVID-19 cases, Italy remained the most popular destination, with a share of 46.5% of total tourist trips.

Total nights spent by locals abroad decreased by 63.6%, amounting to 553,109 nights from that of 1.52 million in 2019. In absolute terms, the majority of guest nights were spent in non-rented accommodation establishments.

Total estimated expenditure by outbound tourists between July and September decreased by 82.5% over the same quarter of 2019, and stood at €35.2 million, equivalent to an average of €680 per person. 

Total outbound tourist trips between from the start of 2020 till September numbered 167,427, a decrease of 67.4% over the same period in 2019. Total nights spent by outbound tourists went down by 63.3%.