125,000 tourists visited the Maltese Islands during February

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125,000 tourists visited the Maltese Islands during FebruaryAn estimated 125,198 inbound tourists visited the Maltese Islands in February, this was an increase of 2.3% when compared to 2018, the National Statistics Office said today.

103,655 of these trips were for holidays, while a further 14,776 were for business purposes.

The NSO said that visitors from EU Member States went up by 1.7% on last year to 107,744.

It also noted that there was a 3.5% increase on the total nights spent when compared to February 2018, amounting to 774,569 nights. The largest share of guest nights (58.6%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.

Tourism expenditure in February was €71.2 million, which was down by 2.8% on last year, the NSO said.

There were 252,921 inbound tourists during the first two months of this year, the NSO said that this was an increase of 2.3% on last year. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 5.7%, reaching nearly 1.7 million nights.

Total tourism expenditure during this period was estimated at €155.8 million, 0.2% higher than that recorded for 2018, the NSO said. Total expenditure per capita stood at €616, down by 2.1% on last year.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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