Tourist inbound visitors for June 2019 reached 280,522 tourists, an increase of 5,5% when compared with June 2018, according to the latest figures at the National Statistics Office.
A total of 251,747 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 15,545 were undertaken for business purposes.
Inbound tourists from Non-EU countries went up by 17.1 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2018. This could be attributable to the growing number of third-country nationals working in Malta, resulting in family and friends visiting.
Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 (42.2%), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (29.2%).
Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €235.4 million, an increase of 10.7% over the corresponding month in 2018.
Total nights spent went up by 5.1% when compared to June 2018, surpassing 1.9 million nights. The largest share of guest nights (53.4%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments, referring to hotels, boutique hotels and other dedicated accommodation.
When comparing January to June 2019 with the same period in 2018, the number of nights spent at collective accommodation went down by 3.7% while ‘other rented’, such as AirBnb and Booking.com holiday rental homes shot up by 17.8%.
Inbound tourist trips for the ﬁrst six months of 2019 amounted to 1,208,068, an increase of 3.9 % over the same period in 2018. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 2.4%, reaching nearly 7.9 million nights.
Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €883.5 million, 5.1% higher than that recorded for 2018. Total expenditure per capita stood at €731, an increase of 1.1% when compared to 2018.