PL MP spots ‘positive trend’ in tourists spending more money and staying longer in Malta


As Malta’s tourism industry continues to recover from the severe blow of the COVID-19 pandemic, Labor MP Randolph De Battista said he could spot a “positive trend” in the most recent data.

“I see a positive trend in the sense that tourists are spending more money and staying longer in Malta,” De Battista told ONE TV’s Pjazza this week. “If this trend continues, it will mean that we will need fewer tourists to generate the same income. We used to ask how many tourists Malta could support, but if trends continue it will mean less tourists giving us more money.

Recent data released by the Office for National Statistics for the first quarter of 2022 showed that the average tourist stayed 7.1 nights in Malta and spent €710.

A breakdown of total tourist spending in the first four months of 2022

Although this is down from 2021, when the average length of stay was 14.6 days and the average spend per tourist was €905, it was a time when the Maltese government required many travelers to spend two weeks inside a quarantine hotel at their own expense. .

In the first quarter of 2020, which included the first two months of the pandemic, the average tourist spent €607 and stayed six nights in Malta.

In Q1 2019, the average tourist stayed 6.5 nights and spent €666, both lower than 2021 figures.

A total of 429,841 tourists visited Malta in the first four months of this year, compared to 43,433 in 2021 and 370,216 in 2020, but still far from the 670,264 who visited Malta during the corresponding period in 2019.

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