I​nbound Tourism: January 2021

03/09/2021 | 05:11am

09 March 2021 | 1100 hrs | 045/2021

Total inbound visitors for January 2021 were estimated at 13,806, a decrease of 90.8 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2020.

Inbound Tourism: January 2021

During the month under review, a total of 11,536 inbound tourists visited Malta for holiday purposes, followed by 1,553 tourists for business purposes. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years (50.9 per cent), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (22.3 per cent) (Table 1). The main markets were France and Italy, with a joint share of 47.3 per cent of total inbound tourists (Table 5).

Total nights spent went down by 79.8 per cent when compared to January 2020, totalling to 190,853 nights. The largest share of guest nights (58.3 per cent) was spent in non-rented accommodation establishments (Table 3). A general increase in the average length of stay was recorded (Table 1), especially among tourists staying in non-rented and other rented accommodation.

Total tourist expenditure was estimated at €11.7 million, a decrease of 87.6 per cent over the corresponding month in 2020 (Table 4)

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 flying 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 flying in from France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, were requested to stay in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

13-Mar

All passengers flying 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 flights from/to all destinations were suspended.

1-Jul

Re-opening of Malta International Airport.The first group of destinations that reopened for travel 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 flight destinations were lifted.

21-Aug

First cruise liner call since March 2020.

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

Compiled by: Tourism and Education Statistics Unit

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