Record-breaking tourist arrivals in April

The rise in tourism was primarily fueled by EU travellers, but there was an uptick in arrivals from outside the Union as well.

Malta’s tourism industry soared to new heights in April of this year, shattering records with a staggering 306,472 tourist arrivals. According to an NSO statement, this represents a remarkable increase of nearly 39,000 compared to the same month last year.

In the first four months of the year, the number of tourists increased to 888,118, or a quarter higher than in 2023. These tourists spent 5.1 million nights in Malta, up 13% over the same period a year earlier. Their expenditure reached €647 million, 26% more than last year.

The increase in tourism came mainly from the EU while tourism from outside the EU also improved. Tourism from Poland almost doubled while that from the UK increased by more than a third.

The majority of tourists stayed in hotels, with an increase of 26% over 2023. There has been a sharp increase in tourists staying in private residences, with a growth of 36%.

The Malta International Airport’s initial projections anticipated an 8% increase in passenger traffic this year, but early trends suggest an even more significant surge.

Photo: Andrea Piacquadio

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