Maltese visitors to Gozo account for 52.4% of total tourists – NSO
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A statistical compendium has been conducted by the National Statistics Office, which sheds light on the regional tourism demand for 2015-2017.
It found that during 2017, there were 260,763 domestic trips to and from the Malta, and Gozo and Comino regions, this was an increase of 10.3% when compared to the previous year.
Data shows that Maltese residents who visited Gozo and Comino for at least one night in 2017 accounted for 52.4% of total tourists (domestic + inbound). They stayed on average for 2.8 nights. and mainly belonged to the 25 to 44 age bracket (43.6%).
The NSO noted that 89.9% travelled for holiday purposes and stayed in private accommodation establishments (including rented accommodation), This was an increase of 1.0% over 2016.
Those who stayed in collective accommodation increased 35.6 per cent over the same period, the NSO said.
Domestic tourism expenditure in Gozo and Comino was estimated at €40 million, 8.9 per cent more when compared to 2016.
Those Gozo and Comino residents who travelled to Malta amounted to 23,924, this was an increase of 32.0% when compared to 2016.
Inbound tourism during 2017 stood at 2,273,837, the NSO noted that this was an increase of 15.7% when compared to 2016. With more than half of these tourists arriving in Malta using low-cost airlines (52.1 per cent).
The inbound tourists who visited Malta only (single centre destination) surpassed the 2.0 million, increasing by 15.9 per cent when compared to 2016.
The data found that they were more likely to stay in collective accommodation establishments (69.4%) and.on average stayed 7.0 nights, down by 0.3 of a night when compared to 2016.
Gozo and Comino inbound tourists (single centre destination) amounted to 92,285, this was an increase of 9.0%over 2016.
Theses visitors to Gozo and Comino were more likely to stay in private accommodation, the NSO said, (67.3 per cent); with the majority (64.4 per cent) opting for rented accommodation and on average stayed 9.2 nights, down by 0.5 of a night when compared to 2016.
Inbound tourists on a twin centre destination accounted for 5.4% of the total inbound tourism trips.
They totalled 122,611, an increase of 16.6% over 2016 and again.were more likely to stay in private accommodation establishments (51.6%). The NSO said that on average they stayed 11.0 nights, down by 0.3 of a night compared to 2016.
The NSO said that, domestic same-day visits and overnight stays in the same region of origin, such as, day-trips to Gozo and Comino and weekend breaks in Malta by Malta residents, are not included in these findings.
Photograph by Alain Salvary