290,000 people visited the Maltese Islands in July, up 13.1% on 2017

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290,000 people visited the Maltese Islands in July, up 13.1% on 2017There were around 290,041 visitors to the Maltese Islands in July, this was an increase of 13.1% on last year, the National Statistics Office said today.

Out of these, 257,773 were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 12,835 were undertaken for business purposes.

There was an increase of 12.1% on 2017 in the number of tourists arriving from EU Member States – numbering 234,889.

Total nights spent reached almost 2.4 million nights, up by 12.9% on last year. The NSO noted that the largest share of guest nights (50.4%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.

These visiting tourists spent approximately €279.9 million, an increase of 9.5% on last year.

Inbound tourist trips from January to August reached 1,451,527, an increase of 16.9% over 2017, with total nights spent up 16.6% surpassing 10.0 million nights, the National Statistics Office said.

Tourism expenditure was estimated at €1.1 billion, 11.0% higher than last year, with total expenditure per capita at €772, a decrease of 5.1% on 2017.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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