The Malta Independent 26 September 2021, Sunday

Over 72,000 increase in arriving visitors in July when compared to 2020

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 19:59 Last update: about 11 days ago

The total of tourist arrivals for July 2021 increased by a notable amount of 72,568 visitors, when compared to July 2020, but figures are still less than half arrivals for July 2019.

Official figures published on Wednesday by the National Statistics Office (NSO), show that arrivals in July 2019 totaled to 305,588. Meanwhile, in July 2021 and in the same month last year, these figures stood at 121,311 and 48,743, respectively.


The NSO said the during the month under review (July 2021), a total of 105,942 people visited Malta for holiday purposes, followed by 5,099 who came for business purposes.

The largest share of inbound tourists were aged between 25-44 (37.6%), closely followed by the age bracked 0-24 (34.5%). French and Italian residents comprised 29.4% of total inbound tourists, the NSO said.

The report also showed that with regard to guest nights, the total amounted to 1,118,871. The largest share of guest nights (81.8%) was spent in rented accomodation establishments and the average length of stay stood at 9.2 nights.

Total tourist expenditure reached nearly €126.5 million. The average expenditure per night was estimated at €113.0.


January – July 2021

Meanwhile, tourist arrivals for the first seven months of 2021 amounted to 260,998, a decrease of 37.7% over the same period in 2020. The figures further showed that the total nights spent by inbound tourists decreased by 5.6%, surpassing 2.6 million nights.

Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €246.9 million, a decrease of 4.5% when compared to the same period in the previous year. Total expenditure per capita stood at €946, increasing from €617 in the same period in 2020, mainly as a result of longer length of stays, the NSO said.

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