Last January there were almost 60,000 tourists who visited Malta. This was about 47% of the amount who had visited us in January 2019, that is before the pandemic, when just under 128,000 tourists had stayed here.
By contrast, in January 2021 fewer than 14,000 foreign tourists had come to Malta. This was less than a quarter of the number of tourists our country had in the same month this year.
On average, tourists spent almost 10 days in Malta, a substantial increase from the average of 7 days before the pandemic. The number of nights these tourists spent in hotels has risen to almost 236,000, or 52% of the amount in January 2019.
The number of nights these tourists spent in hotels has risen to almost 236,000, or 52% of the amount in
If instead, one focuses on all nights stayed, the number of nights amounted to 577,000, which was 63% of the overall nights spent by tourists in Malta in January 2019.
Tourists who came to Malta in January spent almost €47 million. This was four times more than tourism spending in the same month a year ago.
Expenditure on accommodation has reached almost €11.5 million this year, compared with €14 million in 2019. This means that accommodation expenditure is already at 82% of its pre-pandemic level. In contrast expenditure on flights is still much lower than it was before the pandemic, a factor which is also reducing the expenditure of package tourists.