Malta residents made up just over half of all tourists visiting Gozo

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Malta residents made up just over half of all tourists visiting GozoThe National Statistics Office has today released information with the salient points of a statistical compendium they conducted, which sheds light on the regional tourism demand.

It said that total domestic trips in 2016 amounted to 241,216, an increase of 9.8 per cent when compared to 2015.

The NSO noted that Malta residents who visited the Gozo and Comino region for a duration of at least one night.accounted for slightly more than half of all tourists visiting this region (53.9 per cent of total tourists). … and stayed on average 2.7 nights.

They mainly belonged to the 25 to 44 age bracket (43.1 per cent). and travelled for holiday purposes (91.7 per cent).

Malta residents stayed in private accommodation establishments (including rented accommodation. The NSO said that this had increased by 15.5 per cent over 2015, whereas those who stayed in collective accommodation decreased by 7.4 per cent over the same period.

They also.spent 26.8 per cent more when compared to 2015 levels, the National Statistics Office said.

The total of inbound tourists visiting only Gozo and Comino region (single centre destination), amounted to 84,684, an increase of 13.6 per cent over 2015, the NSO said

The NSO noted that they.were more likely to stay in private accommodation (68.2 per cent); the majority (63.1 per cent) of those who stayed in the latter, opted for rented accommodation.

Gozo and Comino inbound tourists on average stayed 9.7 nights, down by 0.3 of a night when compared to 2015.

Going the other way on domestic tourism, Gozo and Comino residents in 2016 who travelled to Malta region amounted to 19,513, an increase of 15.4 per cent when compared to 2015.

Inbound tourism stood at 1,965,928, in 2016, an increase of 10.2 per cent when compared to 2015.

The NSO said that slightly less than half of these tourists came to Malta using low-cost airlines. Inbound tourists visiting only Malta region (single centre destination).

The number reached almost 1.8 million, which the NSO said is an increase of almost 10 per cent when compared to 2015. They were more likely to stay in collective accommodation establishments (over 70 per cent).

Inbound tourists, on average stayed 7.3 nights – down by 0.3 of a night when compared to 2015.

Finally, the NSO statistics for inbound tourists visiting both regions during their stay (twin centre destination) accounted for 5.3 per cent of the total inbound tourism trips.

They .totalled 105,174, an increase of 15.5 per cent over 2015 and were more likely to stay in collective accommodation establishments (53.9 per cent).

The NSO found that on average they stayed 11.3 nights, which was down by 0.5 of a night compared to 2015.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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