Outbound Maltese tourists decrease by 24%

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Outbound Maltese tourists for June are estimated at 23,329, implying a decrease of 24.0 per cent over the same month in 2007. Of these, 88.7 per cent travelled by air.

June 2008 – In the month under review, Maltese residents departing by air and sea are estimated at 23,329. Of these, 19,580 travelled to EU destinations, the most popular being Italy and the UK. This decrease may partly be attributed to the abnormal number of visits to Italy on the occasion of the beatification of St. George Preca.

January-June 2008 – In the period under review, the number of Maltese passengers departing by air and sea amounted to 125,316, an increase of 6.8 per cent over the corresponding period last year. Of these, 86.0 per cent travelled to EU destinations; the most visited countries were Italy and the UK.

During this period, male outbound passengers exceeded female ones, the former accounting for 59.7 per cent of the total.

The largest proportion of outbound passengers – 47.9 per cent – comprised passengers aged between 25 and 44 years, followed by those in the 45 to 64 age bracket who accounted for 38.4 per cent of total Maltese travellers.

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