NSO reveals 17.6 % drop in tourist arrivals in May
Expenditure down by 12.8 per cent
Statistics released yesterday by the NSO reveal a drop of 17.6 percent in tourist arrivals to Malta during May, when compared to the corresponding month in 2008, while total tourist expenditure was estimated at €267.1 million, it represented a drop of 12.8 per cent when compared to 2008. Decreases were recorded throughout all expenditure categories.
In a breakdown, the NSO explained that total nights spent in private accommodation decreased by 2.0 per cent, while guest nights in collective accommodation decreased by 22.4 per cent.
The average length of stay is calculated at 7.1 nights.
Tourist arrivals in the first five months reached 383,915, a decrease of 14.3 percent over the corresponding period last year.
The NSO said the decrease was mostly attributable to a decrease in holiday visits, mainly from the British, German and Spanish markets
Increases were recorded in the Italian, Libyan, and Swiss markets. 89.1 per cent of all inbound visits comprised tourists coming from EU Member States. The majority of inbound tourists chose non-package travel, while the demand for package trips decreased by 11.8 per cent.
During the same period, total nights spent decreased by 15.0 percent when compared to January-May 2008. Nights spent in private accommodation decreased by 4.8 per cent, while guest nights in collective accommodation decreased by 17.9 percent. The average length of stay is calculated at 7.5 nights, a decrease of 0.1 nights over the estimates for 2008.