​​​​​​​​​​I​nbound Tourism: November 2020​​​​​

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Total inbound visitors for November were estimated at 14,936, a decrease of

92.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2019.

Inbound Tourism: November 2020

During the month under review, a total of 10,940 inbound tourist trips were undertaken for holiday purposes, while a further 2,795 were made for business purposes. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years (50.8 per cent), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (25.5 per cent) (Table 1). Inbound tourists coming from Italy were the most popular, with a share of 24.7 per cent of the total inbound tourists (Table 5).

When compared to November 2019, total nights spent went down by 82.3 per cent, amounting to 213,868 nights. The largest share of guest nights (43.5 per cent) was spent in non-rented accommodation establishments (Table 3).

Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €13.2 million, a decrease of 90.3 per cent over the corresponding month in 2019 (Table 4).

January-November 2020

Inbound tourist trips for the fi rst eleven months of 2020 amounted to 645,626, a decrease of 75.2 per cent over the same period in 2019 (Table 6). Total nights spent by inbound tourists reached nearly 5.0 million, a drop of 72.7 per cent when compared to the same period of 2019 (Table 8).

Total tourism expenditure reached nearly €442.0 million, 79.2 per cent less than that recorded during the same period in 2019 (Table 9). Total expenditure per capita stood at €685, a decrease of 15.8 per cent when compared to the same period in 2019 (Table 11) ■

Statistics in this News Release should be interpreted in the context of the COVID-19 situation.

During the COVID-19 situation, the following tourism-related sequence of events took place in 2020:

28-Feb

Passengers fl ying in from Italy, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Iran and South Korea, from

26 February onwards were requested to stay in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

8-Mar

Flights from/to Milan were suspended.

10-Mar

Flights from/to Italy were suspended.

10-Mar

Last cruise liner call.

11-Mar

Flights from/to France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, were suspended.

11-Mar

Passengers fl ying in from France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, were requested to stay in

quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

13-Mar

All passengers fl ying in from all destinations were requested to stay in quarantine for 14 days upon

arrival.

18-Mar

Last Virtu' Ferries service for passengers between Malta and Sicily was operated.

21-Mar

All fl ights from/to all destinations were suspended.

Re-opening of Malta International Airport.The fi rst group of destinations that reopened for travel

1-Jul

comprised: Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia,

Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, Czech

Republic, Greece and Croatia.

15-Jul

Restrictions on all other fl ight destinations were lifted.

21-Aug

First cruise liner call since March 2020.

Sources: Malta Tourism Authority, Virtu' Ferries, Transport Malta, Valletta Cruise Port

Compiled by: Tourism and Education Statistics Unit

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Table 1. Profile of inbound tourists by month of departure

November

Change

Percentage

Characteristics

change

2018

2019

2020

2020/2019

Total inbound visitors

177,000

191,698

14,936

-176,762

-92.2

Overnight cruise passengers

1,830

588

0p

-588

-100.0

Inbound tourists

175,170

191,110

14,936

-176,174

-92.2

Mode of travel

Air

172,080

187,783

13,460

-174,322

-92.8

Sea

3,090

3,327

1,475

-1,852

-55.7

Sex

Males

89,019

99,751

9,001

-90,751

-91.0

Females

86,151

91,359

5,935

-85,423

-93.5

Age group

0-24

19,744

21,543

2,854

-18,689

-86.8

25-44

70,380

77,300

7,585

-69,715

-90.2

45-64

61,956

69,091

3,813

-65,278

-94.5

65 or more

23,090

23,175

684

-22,492

-97.0

Markets1

EU

149,537

161,825

11,334

-150,492

-93.0

of which: Euro area

86,695

92,173

9,136

-83,038

-90.1

Non-EU

25,634

29,285

3,602

-25,682

-87.7

Purpose of visit

Holiday

145,630

158,425

10,940

-147,485

-93.1

Business and professional

20,258

24,362

2,795

-21,567

-88.5

Other (including educational,

9,282

8,323

1,201

-7,122

-85.6

religious and health tourism)

Organisation of stay

Package

57,331

57,125

1,586

-55,539

-97.2

Non-package

117,839

133,985

13,350

-120,635

-90.0

Frequency

First-time tourists

118,740

137,772

8,463

-129,310

-93.9

Repeat tourists

56,430

53,338

6,473

-46,865

-87.9

once a year or less

39,106

38,161

3,613

-34,547

-90.5

more than once a year

17,324

15,177

2,860

-12,317

-81.2

Duration of visit

1-3 nights

51,936

57,915

3,095

-54,820

-94.7

4-6 nights

52,129

57,039

2,157

-54,882

-96.2

7 nights or more

71,105

76,156

9,683

-66,472

-87.3

Average length of stay (nights)

6.3

6.3

14.3

8.0

-

  • Data for November 2020 is provisional.
    1 Refer to methodological notes 8 and 9. Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding.

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Table 2. Inbound tourists by month of departure and type of accommodation

November

Change

Percentage

Type of accommodation

change

2018

2019

2020

2020/2019

Rented accommodation

151,738

168,938

10,293

-158,645

-93.9

Collective

117,717

125,583

6,864

-118,719

-94.5

Other rented

34,021

43,355

3,429

-39,926

-92.1

Non-rented accommodation

23,432

22,172

4,643

-17,529

-79.1

Total tourists

175,170

191,110

14,936

-176,174

-92.2

Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Table 3. Total nights spent by inbound tourists by month of departure and type of accommodation

November

Change

Percentage

Type of accommodation

change

2018

2019

2020

2020/2019

Rented accommodation

919,234

1,007,665

120,790

-886,875

-88.0

Collective

659,458

678,780

57,150

-621,631

-91.6

Other rented

259,776

328,885

63,640

-265,245

-80.6

Non-rented accommodation

189,743

201,627

93,078

-108,548

-53.8

Total nights

1,108,977

1,209,292

213,868

-995,424

-82.3

Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Table 4. Total expenditure by inbound tourists by month of departure and expenditure category

€ 000

November

Change

Percentage

Expenditure category

change

2018

2019

2020

2020/2019

Package

31,131

32,666

1,179ᵘ

-

-

Non-package

45,878

52,052

5,125

-46,927

-90.2

Air/sea fares

22,579

25,847

2,273

-23,575

-91.2

Accommodation

23,299

26,205

2,853

-23,352

-89.1

Other expenditure

46,497

51,498

6,939

-44,559

-86.5

Total expenditure

123,506

136,216

13,243

-122,973

-90.3

  • Under represented - between 20 and 49 sample observations. Notes:
    1. Expenditure estimates are rounded to the nearest thousand Euro.
    2. Totals may not add up due to rounding.

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Table 5. Inbound tourists, nights spent and total expenditure by month of departure

and country of residence

November

Change

Percentage

Country of residence1

change

2018

2019

2020

2020/2019

EU

149,537

161,825

11,334

-150,492

-93.0

of which:

France

9,845

14,235

1,955

-12,280

-86.3

Germany

18,258

17,710

1,177ᵘ

-

-

Tourists

Italy

24,206

22,294

3,695

-18,599

-83.4

Poland

7,410

8,142

923ᵘ

-

-

Spain

8,210

8,137

329ᵘ

-

-

United Kingdom

42,615

45,474

n/a

n/a

n/a

Non-EU

25,634

29,285

3,602

-25,682

-87.7

of which:

United Kingdom

n/a

n/a

1,887

n/a

n/a

Total

175,170

191,110

14,936

-176,174

-92.2

EU

953,335

987,203

163,210

-823,993

-83.5

of which:

France

67,299

77,254

25,575

-51,679

-66.9

Germany

124,852

123,548

17,977ᵘ

-

-

Nights

Italy

132,900

150,039

67,130

-82,909

-55.3

Poland

38,839

42,905

6,595ᵘ

-

-

Spain

44,790

38,002

5,273ᵘ

-

-

United Kingdom

294,062

288,848

n/a

n/a

n/a

Non-EU

155,642

222,089

50,658

-171,431

-77.2

of which:

United Kingdom

n/a

n/a

21,952

n/a

n/a

Total

1,108,977

1,209,292

213,868

-995,424

-82.3

EU

95,083

104,690

9,810

-94,880

-90.6

of which:

France

6,688

8,757

1,992

-6,765

-77.2

Expenditure (€000)

Germany

13,781

14,669

999ᵘ

-

-

Italy

12,865

11,909

3,097

-8,812

-74.0

Poland

3,840

4,322

588ᵘ

-

-

Spain

4,368

4,114

302ᵘ

-

-

United Kingdom

28,078

31,732

n/a

n/a

n/a

Non-EU

28,423

31,526

3,433

-28,093

-89.1

of which:

United Kingdom

n/a

n/a

1,241

n/a

n/a

Total

123,506

136,216

13,243

-122,973

-90.3

  • Under represented - between 20 and 49 sample observations.
    1 Refer to methodological notes 8 and 9. Notes:
    1. n/a: not applicable.
    2. Expenditure estimates are rounded to the nearest thousand Euro.
    3. Totals may not add up due to rounding.

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