Malta experienced the second highest surge in overnight stays in the first half of the year within the EU, as per a recent Eurostat report.
Compared to the same period last year, the increase exceeded 30%. Only Cyprus surpassed this growth, with a rise of just over 39%.
The report highlighted a robust recovery in the EU tourism industry post the COVID-19 impact, reaching its highest point in the past decade from January to June 2023. During this period, Malta recorded over 4.3 million overnight stays, a significant increase from the previous year’s 3.3 million.
June marked the peak month with 900,000 stays, constituting just over a fifth of the total, albeit with the smallest increase of over 86,000 stays. Notably, March witnessed the most substantial rise, boasting nearly 230,000 more overnight visits compared to the same month in 2022.
Every month showed an increase compared to the previous year. Across the EU, tourist accommodations registered almost 1.2 billion overnight stays from January to June, an uptick of nearly 11 million from the prior year, significantly surpassing 2021’s 400 million.
The National Statistics Office reported a 20% increase in tourists and a 33% surge in spending in Malta in June compared to the same period the previous year, with 294,000 tourists contributing almost €286.5 million to the country’s economy.