The Malta Independent 22 September 2021, Wednesday

Tourism in 2017 up by 15% over previous year, expenditure grew by 14%

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:18 Last update: about 5 years ago

Total inbound visitors for December were estimated at 110,611, an increase of 14.7% when compared to the corresponding month in 2016, the National Statistics Office said yesterday.

During that month, a total of 96,186 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 7,768 were undertaken for business purposes.

Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 13.2% to 93,435 when compared to the corresponding month in 2016. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 (39.5%), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (35.1%).

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Total nights spent went up by 17.3% when compared to December 2016, amounting to 790,947 nights.  The largest share of guest nights (57.0%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.

Tourist nights in collective accommodation increased by 20.0 per cent when compared to December 2016. Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €77.5 million, an increase of 24.3 per cent over the corresponding month in 2016.

 

January-December 2017

Inbound tourist trips from January to December 2017 reached 2,273,837, an increase of 15.7% over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 10.3%, surpassing 16.5 million nights.

Total tourism expenditure surpassed €1.9 billion, 13.9% higher than that recorded for 2016.

Total expenditure per capita stood at €856, a decrease of 1.5% when compared to 2016.

 

MTA statement

The Malta Tourism Authority said 2017 was not merely a stand-alone year of tourism growth but “the culmination of consecutive years of record growth for tourism to Malta, Gozo and Comino which have seen tourism rise from less than 1.2 million in 2009 to around 2.3 million last year.”

“This type of performance is unprecedented in a number of ways. It has seen previously static performances climb to new highs year after year and it has also seen Malta over-perform global, European and Mediterranean average growth rates year after year.  Formerly a destination which, at best, hoped to emulate the success of its competitors, Malta has now changed into one which outperforms average results and grows at rates higher than most of its competitors,” MTA said.

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said Malta’s success in sustaining such a positive tourism performance was strongly attributable to the strong expansion in its air connectivity.  During 2017, no fewer than 8 new airline routes from 7 countries commenced operations thus adding to the already extensive network linking Malta with its source markets. 

The Minister said that indications for 2018 are positive and point to continued successes on the basis of factors including the introduction of new major events, increase in direct routes to Malta, and increased seat capacity.

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