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.
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.
Boosting heads in beds, does not correlate with an improvement in quality.
The Malta Tourism Authority will provide local councils with information about owners of holiday premises