600.000 TOURISTS VISIT MALTA IN 2015 LOW SEASON FIRST FIVE MONTHS

Malta’s mix of sunshine, history, culture and friendly locals helped to boost tourist numbers in May, according to figures published today.

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The number of holiday visitors to the island rose by 0.5 percent while the number of hotel nights increased by 1.5 percent.

The National Office of Statistics in Valletta said total arrivals during the first five months of 2015 amounted to 572,409 – an increase of 2.1 percent over the same period in 2014, which was already a record year for tourism.

Total nights spent went up by 1.6 percent, reaching nearly three million between January and May.

Malta Tourism Authority chief executive Paul Bugeja welcomed the figures as good news which ‘continues to consolidate Malta’s competitiveness as a tourism destination in the years to come’.

He added: ‘These results continue to confirm the trend emerging from the overall inbound tourism figures which indicate very clearly that the number of tourists choosing to stay in non-collective private accommodation is increasing at a much faster rate than in collective accommodation’.

Read more: Malta Tourism Authority

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