Tourists flying out of Malta between January and March spent an average €750 per trip, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
Outbound trips increased by 11.2 per cent over the same quarter of 2017, with their outlay standing at €103.3 million, the statistics office said.
Total outbound tourists for the first quarter in 2018 were estimated at 137,730, an increase of 19.5 per cent over the corresponding quarter of 2017.
During the first quarter of 2018, outbound tourist trips towards non-EU countries increased by 45 per cent over the same quarter in 2017. Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with a joint share of 55.9 per cent of total tourist trips.
Total nights spent by outbound tourists increased by 18.6 per cent, amounting to 836,813 nights. The majority of guest nights (59.4 per cent) were spent in rented accommodation establishments.