Malta is on course to set a new tourism record in 2018.
During the first nine months of the year, more than 1.5 million guests visited Malta – a rise of 9.8 per cent over the same period in 2017.
The number of holidaymakers visiting Malta during July, August and September also experienced a dramatic increase, according to official tourism statistics.
The figure was 5.5 percent higher than in the same period a year ago.
In all 578,350 tourists visited Malta during the three months, spending almost 3.3 million nights in total.
Almost half of them, 46.1 per cent, stayed in four-star hotels, according to the National Statistics Office – Malta.
Guests in Malta rose at a faster rate – 5.8 percent – than in Gozo and Comino, which saw a one percent rise.
Publicity surrounding Valletta 2018 is thought to have helped boost Malta’s visitor numbers, as well as Isle of MTV Malta and the Summer Daze Festival organised by BBC Radio 1 and the Malta Tourism Authority.