Airport flight flying aviation

Inbound visitors to Malta reached 12,940 in December 2020, a decrease of 91.1 per cent when compared with the same month last year.

December 2020 marked a particularly troubled period for Europe, as the second wave of COVID cases raged on and Governments began to announce new lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus.

By end-December, some 230 million Europeans were living under national lockdown, compounding troubles faced by the tourism industry.

Of the inbound visitors, 8,525 trips were undertaken for holiday purposes, while a further 2,740 were made for business purposes.

Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years (46.6 per cent), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (25.4 per cent).

Italian residents comprised 26.4 per cent of total inbound tourists.

Total nights spent went down by 77.2 per cent when compared to December 2019, totalling to 228,180 nights.

The largest share of guest nights (51.6 per cent) was spent in non-rented accommodation establishments, which comprises of private residences, staying with friends or relatives, and other private accommodation.

A general increase in the average length of stay was recorded, especially among tourists staying in other rented (holiday homes) and non-rented accommodation.

Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €13.2 million, a decrease of 86.6 per cent over the corresponding month in 2019.

National Statistics overview of travel restrictions

January-December 2020

In 2020, inbound tourist trips totalled to 658,567, a decrease of 76.1 per cent over the same period in 2019.

Total nights spent by inbound tourists decreased by 73.0 per cent, surpassing 5.2 million nights. Total tourism expenditure was estimated at €455.1 million, a decrease of 79.5 per cent when compared to the previous year.

Total expenditure per capita stood at €691, a decrease of 14.4 per cent when compared to 2019.

Time’s up: From today, rental e-kick scooters are officially banned

March 1, 2024
by Anthea Cachia

From now on, only purchased scooters are permitted on the streets

Central Bank finds annual growth in business activity to be lower than average

February 29, 2024
by BN Writer

Price expectations rose among retailers and in the construction sector

Mazzit may get special certification as a typically Maltese product

February 29, 2024
by Robert Fenech

The MCCAA has launched a public consultation about the mazzit’s Protected Geographical Indication rating