Record year in tourism: 1.6m visitors in 2013; 9.3% more than in 2012

Record year in tourism

Tourist data for December showed an increase of 3.1 per cent in total inbound visitors when compared to the corresponding month in 2012. Excluding the 326 passengers who stayed overnight on board their berthed cruise ship, the increase amounted to 6.5 per cent, the NSO said.

Departing tourists during December were estimated at 65,345. A total of 52,986 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 8,315 were undertaken for business purposes. Holidaymakers registered an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year. As in previous months, most inbound tourists came from EU Member States, while tourists from Non-EU countries increased by 27 per cent. Malta’s main tourism markets continued to be the UK and Italy.

Total nights spent went up by 6.8 per cent, reaching 567,553. In absolute terms, the majority of guest nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments. However, in percentage terms, a substantial increase was noted in the number of tourists residing in private accommodation. The average length of stay was 8.7 nights, at par with 2012 levels.

During the reference month, total expenditure of departing tourists was estimated at €49.5 million, a decline of 1.3 per cent over the corresponding month a year earlier. All expenditure categories registered decreases.

January-December 2013

Inbound visitors last year reached a record 1.6 million, an increase of 9.3 per cent over 2012. Of these, 1,582,153 were departing tourists, up by 9.6 per cent over the comparable period in 2012.

Most departing tourists were holidaymakers, predominantly from the euro area. An increase of 23.9 per cent was registered in tourists from Non-EU countries (Table 8). Non-package travel was higher than package travel, with an estimated 52.2 per cent of departing tourists. Nonetheless, those opting for package travel advanced by 8.0 per cent when compared with 2012.

Male tourists accounted for 52 per cent of the total, while the largest proportion of inbound tourists were aged between 45 and 64.

Total nights spent by departing tourists last year went up by 8.7 per cent, reaching almost 12.9 million. The majority of guest nights were spent in collective accommodation establishments, where an increase of 7.2 per cent was reported. The average length of stay was 8.1 nights.

During the period under review, total tourist expenditure was estimated at €1.4 billion. This estimate is 8.6 per cent higher than that for 2012. Increases were recorded throughout all expenditure categories. Total per capita expenditure stood at €910, a slight decrease over the previous year.

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