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Inbound visitors for July down 84 per cent compared to 2019

11th September 2020

The country only saw 48,743 arrivals, with total tourist expenditure down by 88.1 per cent over 2019

Malta saw 48,743 arrivals in the month of July, a drop of 84 per cent when compared to 2019, with total night spent on the island also down by 75.3 per cent, according to figure released today by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

As a result, total tourist expenditure was estimated at €33.8 million, a decrease of 88.1 per cent over the corresponding month in 2019.

A total of 44,557 were tourists, while the other 2,965 were business trips, with most inbound tourists aged between 25 and 44 years old (41.9 per cent), with 30.8 per cent falling within the 0-24 age bracket. Tourist arrivals for Italy were the most prevalent, with a share of 25.6 per cent of total arrivals.

In the meantime, July saw 596,139 room nights, with the largest share (47.3 per cent) spent in non-rented accommodation establishments. The average length of stay increased, however, compared to the same period last year, to 12.2 night – a rise of 4.3 nights. 

“It should be kept in mind that part of this increase is attributable to visitors who had to lengthen their stay in this country due to Covid-19 restrictions,” the NSO said.

When analysing the figures for the first seven months of 2020, the NSO found a decrease of 72.3 per cent, overall, in arrivals when compared to the same period in 2019.  over the same period in 2019. Total nights spent by inbound tourists surpassed the 2.8 million nights, a drop of 72.4 per cent when compared to the same period of last year, the Office revealed.

In addition, from January to July, the total tourism expenditure reached almost €258.4 million, 77.9 per cent less than that recorded during the same period in 2019, while the total expenditure per capita stood at €617, a decrease of 20.2 per cent when compared to 2019.

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Inbound visitors for July down 84 per cent compared to 2019