Maltese prefer to stay in hotels while abroad
A survey carried out by the National Statistics Office shows that 72% of Maltese residents are going abroad on holidays that are not packaged and that the majority of Maltese prefer to stay in hotels while they are away.
Statistics published show that in the first 9 months of 2012, the total outlay by Maltese tourists stood at €254.2 million, equivalent to €133.4 per person per night. Package expenditure per night stood at €100.4, while non-package trips cost an average €53.8 a night
Outbound tourist trips during September amounted to 39,076, an increase of 4.6% over the corresponding month last year. Total nights spent abroad between January and September were estimated at 1,905,811.
The number of outbound tourist trips towards EU destinations was estimated at 33,329, while a further 5,747 trips headed towards non-EU destinations. Trips to Italy and the UK remained the most popular, with shares of 32 and 18% respectively.
The largest share of outbound tourists were males (59%). Males increased by 14%, whereas females decreased by 7%. Most outbound tourists fell within the 25-44 age bracket (15,576 or 40% of the total), and were followed by the 45-64 age group (12,182). Out of 43,928 outbound visitor trips, the number of same-day visitors was estimated at 4,852 - a decrease of 11% when compared to 2011.
Outbound tourism throughout this nine-month period stood at 247,935, an increase of 5% when compared to the previous year. An estimated 86% of outbound tourists chose to visit EU destinations, with Italy and the UK being the most popular. Trips to Italy increased by 4%, while those to the UK dropped by 4%, widening the gap between the top two destinations. In total, both EU and Non-EU trips registered increases, reaching 213,745 and 34,190 respectively.
Just over half the total outbound trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 19% were undertaken for business and professional reasons. At 72%, non-package travel was significantly higher than package travel.
Further analysis shows that the absolute majority of outbound tourists made use of collective accommodation establishments while abroad. The average length of stay in collective accommodation stood at 6.0 nights, while that recorded for private accommodation was 11.8 nights.
Furthermore, trips to EU destinations had an average length of stay of 6.7 nights, while the average for Non-EU countries stood at 14.0 nights. The longest average length of stay for European countries was registered in the UK at 7.9 nights, followed by Germany with 6.9 nights.