Tourist departures increase by 10.2% in June
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June 2008 – According to the ongoing frontier survey, tourist departures in June are estimated at 129,378, implying an increase of 10.2 per cent over the same month in 2007. The increase reflects primarily a rise in the French, Italian and Spanish markets, while tourists coming from the UK, the USA and Belgium registered decreases. Results also show that 85.5 per cent of inbound tourists in June came to Malta on holiday.
Meanwhile, total nights spent increased by 12.5 per cent when compared to the same month in 2007. Year on year, total nights spent in private and collective accommodation increased by 18.2 and 10.5 per cent respectively. Overall, the average length of stay is calculated at 8.4 nights, up by 0.2 nights when compared to June 2007.
January-June 2008 – Inbound tourists for the first half of 2008 are estimated at 577,313, implying an increase of 15.0 per cent over the corresponding period a year ago. In absolute terms, the growth is mostly attributable to an increase in holiday visits, mainly from the German, Italian and Spanish markets. On the other hand, decreases were recorded in the American, Libyan, and Russian markets.
89.1 per cent of all inbound visits comprised tourists coming from EU Member States. Although there was an increase in repeat tourism, data show that the overall increase in the period under review was mainly brought about by a rise in first-time visits, with the latter estimated to account for 68.6 per cent of total visits. The largest age bracket comprised tourists aged 45-64, albeit the strongest increase is attributable to the 25- 44 age bracket.
Total nights spent increased by 7.7 per cent when compared to the same period in 2007. Nights spent in private accommodation registered an increase of 13.0 per cent, while guest nights in collective accommodation increased by 6.1 per cent. With regard to collective accommodation, the 5- and 4-star hotel categories increased respectively by 9.7 and 3.0 per cent, while the 3-star category registered a drop of 4.2 per cent. The average length of stay is calculated at 7.8 nights, down by 0.5 nights when compared to last year’s level. In the period under review, total tourist expenditure is estimated at €404.5 million, an increase of 0.6 per cent over 2007. The growth in non-package was contrasted by a reduction in package expenditure.
The survey results indicate that the per capita total expenditure is estimated at €713, down by 13.0 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year.