Inbound tourists for August up by 12% on last year
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Latest figures issued for August showed an increase of 12.0 per cent in the number of inbound tourists when compared to last year. This increase is at par with that for total nights.
During August 2010, inbound tourists were estimated at 193,115, the majority of whom were holiday makers. As in previous months, most inbound tourists came from EU Member States – the main markets were the UK and Italy. Tourists coming from countries outside the EU increased by 22 per cent.
Package and non-package trips increased by 23 and 4 per cent respectively. Inbound tourists during this month spent over 2 million nights in Malta, the majority of which were in hotel accommodation. Guest nights in collective accommodation increased by 15 per cent, while total nights spent in private accommodation grew by 8 per cent. The average length of stay was estimated at 10.4 nights, at par with last year’s level.
Inbound tourists during this period reached a total of 903,314, an increase of 12 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year. Increases were recorded in both repeat tourists and first-time visitors, albeit the latter still constitute the majority. The average length of stay stood at 8.5 nights and remained constant when compared to last year.
On a gender basis male tourists exceeded female ones, and accounted for 51 per cent of total tourist trips. The majority of tourists fell within the 25-44 age bracket, closely followed by those in the 45-64 age group. Nonetheless, a significant increase was noted in the number of tourists under 24 years of age.
Total nights spent between January and August increased by 11 per cent, reaching a total of over 7.7 million nights. Guest nights in collective accommodation advanced by 12 per cent, and nights spent in private accommodation, by 11 per cent.
During the period under review, total tourist expenditure was estimated at €777 million. This estimate is 20 per cent higher than that for 2009. Increases were recorded throughout all expenditure categories. Total per capita expenditure stood at €860, an increase of 7 per cent over last year.