Malta registered yet another record year for the tourism industry, with 2.6 million tourists visited Malta in 2018, according to the National Statistics Office.
The number of inbound tourists rose by 14.3 per cent over 2017. Tourism expenditure was estimated at €2.1 billion, 8 per cent higher than that recorded in 2017.
The vast majority of travellers – 2.2 million visitors – came from the European market, with most tourists hailing from the United Kingdom and Italy, Malta's two biggest tourist markets. Most of the tourists had never been to Malta before – indeed, only 686,203 tourists were repeat visitors to the islands.
The total number of tourists who stayed in Malta for seven nights or more in 2018 was 1.3 million, an increase of 9.2 per cent from the previous year when visits were shorter. The total nights spent by tourists in rented accomodation in 2018 amounted to 15.5 million.
In December 2018 alone, Malta saw a total of 105,766 inbound tourist trips for holiday purposes, an increase of 8 per cent from last year's figures.