199,000 outbound tourists during third quarter this year

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199,000 outbound tourists during the third quarterIn the third quarter there were an estimated 199,153 outbound tourists, this was an increase of 16.2% over last year, the National Statistics Office said today.

It noted that outbound tourist trips towards EU and non-EU countries increased by 16.1 and 16.8% respectively on 2017.

Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with a joint share of 46.5% of total tourist trips.

The total number of nights spent on the Maltese islands increased by 19.0%, amounting to 1,496,471 nights. The majority of these guest nights (62.2 per cent) were spent in rented accommodation establishments.

Between July and September the total estimated outlay by the tourists increased by 8.8% on 2017 – at €193.2 million, this was equivalent to an average €970 per trip, the NSO said.

The NSO added that outbound tourist trips between January and September numbered 483,044, an increase of 17.2 % on last year. The number of nights spent also went up, this time by 13.9% reaching nearly 3.3 million nights.

The estimated outlay by resident tourists during this period stood at €414.8 million, 9.5% higher than that recorded for the same period in 2017.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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