Tourstat data for August estimates that inbound tourists at 199,430, increase by 4.4 per cent over last year. Total nights spent during the corresponding period rose by 9.8 per cent, while the average length of stay reached 10.5 nights.
During the month under review, 174,817 tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 6,514 travelled on business. Holidaymakers comprised the absolute majority of inbound tourists, and registered an increase of 3 per cent. Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 3 per cent, with a market share equivalent to 86 per cent of the total. Meanwhile, tourists from outside the EU advanced by 14 per cent, reaching 28,291 the National Statistics Office (NSO) said.
Malta’s main market for inbound tourism remained the UK, with a share equivalent to 27 per cent of the total, followed by Italy, with an 18 per cent share. Both these markets remained practically unchanged when compared to last year. The French market advanced by 17 per cent, while the German market declined by 8 per cent. Table 1 shows that more than half the inbound tourists opted for non-package travel, which increased by 15 per cent. Package travel decreased by 7 per cent.
Meanwhile, NSO added, total nights spent during August reached almost 2.1 million, the majority of which were spent in collective accommodation establishments. Nights spent in private accommodation rose by 22 per cent, while guest nights in collective accommodation went up by 2 per cent. Overall, the average length of stay stood at 10.5 nights, up by 0.5 of a night when compared to August last year.
During the reference month, total expenditure was estimated at €225.6 million – a growth of 8 per cent over 2011. Expenditure on package travel remained practically unchanged, while expenditures incurred by non-package tourists experienced an increase of 23 per cent.
Inbound tourists during the first eight months this year were estimated at 981,286, marginally up when compared to 2011. In absolute terms, the main origin of inbound trips continued to be the British market, while a significant increase was recorded in the Libyan, Russian, Scandinavian, Spanish and German markets. On the other hand, the Belgian, British and Italian markets recorded a downward shift when compared to last year’s levels.
During the reference period, demand for non-package trips decreased by 1 per cent, while package trips increased by 3 per cent. On a gender basis, results show that male tourists exceeded females, accounting for 52 per cent of the total. The largest proportion of inbound tourists were aged between 45 and 64. Meanwhile a substantial increase (11 per cent) was noted in the number of tourists aged 65 and over.
Between January and August, total nights spent rose by 6 per cent, surpassing the 8.4 million mark. Nights spent in collective and private accommodation establishments went up by 3 and 12 per cent respectively. In absolute terms, the majority of guest nights were spent in hotel accommodation. The average length of stay for this period stood at 8.6 nights, up by 0.4 of a night over 2011.
During the same period, total tourist expenditure was estimated at €909 million, up by 7 per cent when compared to 2011. Increases were recorded throughout all expenditure categories. The survey indicated that the per capita total expenditure was estimated at €926, an increase of 6 per cent when compared to last year.
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