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Just under one million tourists visited Malta in 2021

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Tourist arrivals in Malta in 2021 increased by 47%, reaching 968,136 tourists, according to the National Statistics Office.
Despite the increase, the number of tourist arrivals remained well below pre-pandemic levels: in 2019, Malta had welcomed just over 2.7 million tourists.

The NSO said single centre destination inbound tourism accounted for the majority of trips (95.8%) with the rest being twin-centre destination trips.

Total nights spent by arrivals to Malta surpassed 8.3 million, an increase of 60.5% over 2020, when the country was out of bounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic for most of the year. Nights spent by single centre arrivals accounted for 95.7% of total nights spent here. The remaining were nights spent on twin-centre destination trips. Arrivals to Malta accounted for 94% of the total, while the Gozo and Comino region accommodated 6% of the total nights.

Nights spent by single centre arrivals accounted for 95.7% of total nights spent here. The remaining were nights spent on twin-centre destination trips. Arrivals to Malta accounted for 94% of the total, while the Gozo and Comino region accommodated 6% of the total nights.

In 2021, arrivals who visited both Malta and Gozo and Comino totalled 40,766, an increase of 113.8% when compared to 2020. The largest share of twin-centre arrivals were in the 25-44 age bracket (50.4%).

The majority of these were first-time tourists (76.7% per cent) and came from EU states (72.5%). The strongest markets were France (22.9%) and the United Kingdom (19.9%). More than half of the twin centre inbound tourists travelled by low-cost airlines (51.7%).

Total expenditure spent by twin centre tourists was estimated at €44.7 million in 2021, an increase of 162.6% over 2020.


 

 
 
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