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Malta Sees Increase in Tourist Arrivals, Yet Figures Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Levels in Q3

Official data provided by the National Statistics Office in Malta revealed that the number of tourist arrivals during the third quarter of this year was 122,163 in Malta, while the total number of nights spent rose to 1,045,058 nights.

The same shows that although the number of business trips and overseas vacations increased during the third quarter of this year, compared to the figures for the same period in 2020, they are still below pre-pandemic levels, reports.

Previously, a report by the European Travel Commission (ETC) came to the conclusion that although demand for European travel has increased due to higher vaccination rates, volumes are still lower than the pre-pandemic period and will not reach the latter until 2024.

From July through September 2021, 61,936 overseas tourist trips were made for holiday purposes, followed by 41,986 trips to visit relatives and friends. The ages of the largest number of tourist arrivals ranged between 25 and 44 years, followed by 45 and 64 years.

The latest report shows that tourists from Italy and France visited Malta with 41.9 percent of the total tourist trips.

The largest number of guest nights, a total of 64.6 percent, were spent in non-rental accommodations, while the average length of stay for outbound tourists was 8.6 nights.

At the same time, the total spending of incoming tourists between July and September was 98.5 million euros, which is equivalent to 807 euros per capita on average.

The total number of outbound tourist trips between January and September 2021 was 179,847, an increase of 7.4% over 2020. The total number of nights spent by outbound tourists increased by 53.0%, to nearly 1.9 million nights. In addition, the total estimated spending for outbound tourists was 151.2 million euros, 29.7 percent more than that recorded in the same period in 2020, the statement said.

During the first nine months of 2021, figures revealed that total tourist trips between January and September 2021 amounted to 179,847 trips, an increase of 7.4 percent over 2020.

Meanwhile, during the third quarter of 2019, just under 142,000 people took overseas trips in the same period this year, while the number reached only 61,936.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the largest decrease in the number of holiday tourists was recorded, in the third quarter of 2019, almost 44,000 people went on such trips, compared to just over 8,000 during the same period this year, i.e. more than 80 for each person. cent decline.

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