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Inbound visitors numbered 244,372 in April, an increase of 4.2%

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Inbound visitors numbered 244,372 in April, and increase of 4.2%There were an estimated 244,372 inbound visitors during April, this was an increase of 4.2% on the same period last year, the National Statistics Office said today.

216,636 of these trips to Gozo and Malta were carried out for holiday purposes and 14,833 trips for business purposes.

The NSO noted that the number of inbound tourists from EU Member States amounted to 210,579, up by 1.8% when compared to the corresponding month in 2018.

Total nights spent went up by 2.6% on last year, surpassing 1.5 million nights. The NSO said that the largest share of guest nights (58.0%) was spent in collective accommodation establishments.

Expenditure by tourists during April was estimated at €172.2 million, this was an increase of 7.7% on the same month in 2018.

Inbound tourist trips for the first four months of 2019 amounted to 667,905, an increase of 3.1% over the same period last year.

Total nights spent during this period went up by 3.7%, surpassing 4.3 million nights. Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €444.5 million, 3.1% higher than that recorded for 2018, while total expenditure per capita was at par on 2018 and stood at €666, the NSO said.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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