In September 2019 alone, Malta saw 287,461 visitors, according to a press release issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on Thursday morning.
When comparing the same month with 2018, it was found that there was a three per cent increase in inbound tourist trips. The NSO reported that a total of 261,696 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 16,750 trips were undertaken for business purposes.
Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 5.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2018. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 (41 per cent), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (30.1 per cent).
Total nights spent went up by 2.1 per cent when compared to September 2018, reaching nearly 2.1 million nights. The largest share of guest nights (49.5 per cent) was spent in collective accommodation establishments, comprising of hotels, bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels.
Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €257m, an increase of 5.9 per cent over the corresponding month in 2018.
Inbound tourist trips for the ﬁrst nine months of 2019 amounted to 2,135,425 an increase of 4.8 per cent over the same period in 2018. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 2.9 per cent, surpassing 15.2 million nights.
Total tourism expenditure was estimated at almost €1.8 billion, 4.2 per cent higher than that recorded for 2018. Total expenditure per capita stood at €822, a decrease of 0.6 per cent when compared to 2018.