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29-02-2016 DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN INBOUND TOURISM PERFORMANCE FOR JANUARY 2016

The Maltese Islands, recorded a robust 15.0% increase in total inbound visitors in January 2016 as published today by the National Statistics Office. Tourist nights and expenditure also recorded a significant increase.

The number of inbound tourists (excluding overnight cruise passengers) in January 2016 was 84,817 reflecting an increase of 10,537 tourists or 14.2%. Nights stayed by tourists in January 2016 feature an increase of 9.0%. The average length of stay declined marginally from 8.1 nights in January 2015 to 7.7 nights in January of this year. Increases were registered by both private and collective type accommodation establishments with the former achieving a stronger growth rate of 24.9%.

Tourists spent €65.3 million, representing an increase of 7.0% or €4.3 million more over January 2015. Tourists spent more money on non-package type accommodation and in the country during their stay.

All the major source markets feature increased tourism flows during the month of January 2016, with the exception of France, which experienced a drop attributed to a decline in air seat capacity on the Paris route.

The Malta Tourism Authority is pleased with the double-digit growth rate achieved during the winter month of January. This encouraging result is in line with the Authority’s efforts to increase business in the off-peak period.

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