Malta’s outbound tourist trips grow in 2018

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August, 2019 at 10:58 am by Christian Keszthelyi

Outbound tourist trips from Malta was up by year-on-year 16.5% to 667,048 in total in 2018, according to the most recent statistics published by Malta’s National Statistics Office (NSO).

The number of total nights reached almost 4.5 million, a growth of 14.2% as compared to the preceding year. The total estimated outlay by resident tourists was up by year-on-year 9% to €563.2m

During the last quarter of 2018, outbound tourists toward both EU end non-EU countries grew by 13.3% and 25.1%, respectively, as compared to the previous year. The most popular destination was still the United Kingdom with a joint share of 48.7% of total tourist trips, NSO figures show.

Total nights spent by outbound tourists exceeded 1.2 million nights in Q4 2018, a growth of 15%, as compared to the same period a year earlier. In absolute terms, 50.3% of guest nights were spent in non-rented accommodation establishments, according to the NSO.

Total estimated outlay by outbound tourists stood at €148.4m, year-on-year growth of 7.8% in Q4 2018. This equals to an average of €807 spent per trip.

The full report including charts and visual representation of data is available for download at the website of NSO.

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