Inbound tourists for the first five months of 2021 amounted to 69,387, a decrease of 81.3% over the same period in 2020.
The National Statistics Office said that total nights spent by inbound tourists decreased by 59%, totalling 917,196 nights. Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €60.4 million, a decrease of 73.1% when compared to the same period in the previous year. Total expenditure per capita stood at €870, increasing from €607 in the same period in 2020, mainly as a result of longer length of stays.
Inbound Tourism: May 2021
During May 2021, a total of 20,105 inbound tourists visited Malta for holiday purposes, followed by 4,126 tourists for business purposes. Almost half of the inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years (46.3%), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (26.7%). French and Italian residents comprised 46.1% of total inbound tourists. The average length of stay of the total inbound tourists stood at 10.9 nights.
The largest share of guest nights (59.7%) was spent in rented accommodation establishments, with 31% of the nights spent in collective accommodation and 28.8% in other rented accommodation. Total tourist expenditure reached nearly €21.1 million, of which €9.2 million were spent in non-package expenditure and €9.3 million were spent in other expenditure.