Outbound tourism up by 18%
Outbound tourism during August jumped by 18.3% from the same month last year and reached 37,859, the NSO said today. Same-day visitors totalled 2,250.
32,930 Maltese went to EU countries, while a further 4,929 trips headed towards Non-EU destinations. Both markets advanced by 18 and 17 per cent respectively.
Italy and the UK remained the most popular destinations among residents of Malta and between them accounted for 44 per cent of the total. All European markets recorded increases when compared to last year.
The largest share of outbound tourists were men, at 54 per cent. Most outbound tourists fell within the 45-64 age bracket (13,090 or 35 per cent of the total), and were followed by the 25-44 age group (12,737 or 34 per cent).
Outbound tourism throughout this eight-month period stood at 208,859, an increase of 5% when compared to the previous year. The majority, or 86 per cent, travelled towards EU destinations, with Italy and the UK being the most popular. Trips to Italy went up by 7%, while those to the UK declined by 3%. In total, both EU and Non-EU outbound trips registered increases, reaching 180,416 and 28,443 respectively.
Most outbound tourists fell within the 25-44 age group (40 per cent) and were followed by the 45-64 age bracket (32 per cent). Male tourists stood at 119,636 and were in the majority.