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Tourism in Malta

Tourism in Malta

Malta recorded a total of 4 m tourists in 2019, ranking 80th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Malta, the result is much more comparable picture: With 7.0 tourists per resident, Malta ranked 20th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 4th.

Malta generated around 1.85 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 12.31 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 1 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Europe.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 500 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Malta spend as much as 623 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Malta

Development of the tourism sector in Malta from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Malta each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 14 countries in Southern Europe.

Tourists per year in Malta

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 813.00 m USD, or about 23.63 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1.19 m tourists at that time and roughly 681 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.85 bn USD, accounting for 12.51 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 571 USD for his holiday in Malta.

Tourism receipts in Malta per year

All data for Malta in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20193.52 m
20183.23 m1.85 bn $12.51 %571 $
20172.94 m1.75 bn $13.28 %593 $
20162.59 m1.45 bn $12.44 %560 $
20152.38 m1.38 bn $12.45 %580 $
20142.16 m1.52 bn $13.08 %704 $
20132.01 m1.40 bn $13.29 %696 $
20122.01 m1.26 bn $13.32 %628 $
20111.92 m1.28 bn $13.24 %666 $
20101.82 m1.07 bn $12.18 %587 $
20091.61 m899.00 m $10.54 %559 $
20081.83 m1.08 bn $12.05 %591 $
20071.72 m1.19 bn $15.04 %688 $
20061.52 m966.00 m $14.30 %635 $
20051.48 m924.00 m $14.45 %623 $
20041.43 m949.00 m $15.65 %665 $
20031.51 m869.00 m $15.93 %575 $
20021.48 m757.00 m $16.14 %510 $
20011.44 m704.00 m $16.25 %489 $
20001.39 m731.00 m $16.98 %527 $
19991.40 m841.00 m $20.38 %600 $
19981.33 m818.00 m $20.85 %617 $
19971.24 m789.00 m $21.29 %637 $
19961.12 m780.00 m $21.85 %695 $
19951.19 m813.00 m $23.63 %681 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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