The National Statistics Office has reported that outbound tourism in April declined by 5 per cent, reaching an estimated 22,574 trips. During the same month, the number of same-day visitors went up to 4,629.
Outbound trips towards EU destinations made up 87 per cent of the total and amounted to 19,553, while a further 3,020 trips headed towards non-EU destinations. A decrease of 6 per cent in tourist trips towards EU destinations was recroded. Trips to non-EU destinations remained practically unchanged. Italy and the UK continued to be the most popular destinations preferred by Maltese tourists and shared between them 55 per cent of the total tourism market. Both destinations experienced marginal declines when compared with 2011.
Male tourists carried out 59 per cent of outbound tourist trips during April, equivalent to an estimated
13,309 trips. Most outbound tourists fell within the 25-44 age bracket (9,094). These were followedby outbound tourists aged 45-64, numbering 6,967, or 31 per cent of total trips.
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