Tourism in Malta

Malta recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2016, ranking 86th 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 4.2 tourists per resident, Malta ranked 15th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 2nd.

Malta generated around 1.45 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 11.57 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Malta from 1995 to 2016

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 countries in Southern Europe.

Tourists per year in Malta

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 813.00 million USD, or about 23.63 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1.12 million tourists at that time and roughly 728 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.45 billion USD, accounting for 12.86 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 738 USD for his holiday in Malta.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Malta per year

All data for Malta in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
19951.12 m813.00 m $23.63 %728 $
19961.05 m780.00 m $21.85 %740 $
19971.11 m789.00 m $21.29 %710 $
19981.18 m818.00 m $20.85 %692 $
19991.21 m841.00 m $20.38 %693 $
20001.22 m731.00 m $16.98 %601 $
20011.18 m704.00 m $16.25 %597 $
20021.13 m757.00 m $16.14 %668 $
20031.13 m869.00 m $15.93 %771 $
20041.16 m949.00 m $15.65 %821 $
20051.17 m924.00 m $14.45 %789 $
20061.12 m966.00 m $14.30 %859 $
20071.24 m1.19 bn $15.04 %953 $
20081.29 m1.08 bn $12.05 %838 $
20091.18 m899.00 m $10.54 %761 $
20101.34 m1.07 bn $12.20 %796 $
20111.42 m1.28 bn $13.42 %902 $
20121.44 m1.26 bn $13.68 %873 $
20131.58 m1.40 bn $13.82 %886 $
20141.69 m1.52 bn $13.54 %900 $
20151.78 m1.38 bn $13.06 %775 $
20161.97 m1.45 bn $12.86 %738 $


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