Inbound visitors in October up by 13.2% compared to last year – NSO
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Tourstat data for October estimated inbound tourism at 174,225, an increase of 13.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding month last year. Total nights spent went up by 6.1 per cent to almost 1.3 million, the National Statistics Office said today.
Total inbound visitors during October were estimated at 174,225. Excluding the 919 passengers who stayed overnight on board a berthed cruise vessel, 173,306 were departing tourists – an increase of 14 per cent when compared to 2012 levels.
The number of tourists visiting Malta for holiday purposes rose by 13 per cent to 147,825, while business tourists increased by 18 per cent to 15,442. First-time visitors advanced by 21 per cent over 2012. Inbound tourism from EU Member States rose by 10 per cent, comprising 82 per cent of departing tourists.
Meanwhile, Non-EU tourists went up by 39 per cent to 31,298. The UK remained Malta’s main tourism market, with a share of 30 per cent, despite a drop of 5 per cent. The German market came second, with 11 per cent. Upward shifts of 37 and 11 per cent were also registered in the French and Italian markets respectively.
Total nights spent during October were estimated at 1.3 million, up by 6 per cent when compared to the corresponding month last year. Overall, 73 per cent of total nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments. The average length of stay stood at 7.4 nights, down by 0.5 of a night when compared to October last year.
Total expenditure of departing tourists was estimated at €156.0 million, a growth of 13 per cent over the corresponding month in 2012.
The total number of departing tourists who visited Malta during the first ten months was estimated at 1.4 million, up by 9 per cent over the comparable period in 2012. The majority of departing tourists were holidaymakers, predominantly from the European Union.
However, the NSO said that an increase of 22 per cent was registered in the number of tourists from non-EU countries. In absolute terms, the main origin of inbound tourists remained the British market; yet a significant increase was recorded in the Libyan, Austrian, Russian, Italian and Irish markets. On the other hand, the Spanish market recorded a downward shift of 11 per cent when compared to last year.
Non-package travel was slightly higher than package travel, with an estimated 53 per cent of the total. Nonetheless, inbound tourists opting for package travel advanced by 8 per cent when compared to 2012 levels.
Total nights spent during the period under review were estimated at 11.6 million – an increase of 8 per cent over last year. The average length of stay stood at 8.2 nights, at par with last year.
During the same period, total tourist expenditure was estimated at €1.3 billion, up by 9 per cent when compared to last year. Increases were recorded throughout all expenditure categories. The total per capita expenditure stood at €927.
Photograph – Alain Salvary.