A record number of people have visited Malta’s capital city in the first six months of 2018, according to new figures.
Between January and June, more than 317,000 people attended events celebrating Valletta’s year as European Capital of Culture.
Valletta 2018 chairman Jason Micallef told 89.7 Bay: ‘These results are a clear indication that Valletta 2018 events, which are taking place all across the Maltese Islands, are accessible to a wide range of audiences and that artists as well as community members are co-creators in the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme’.
Research showed that more than 180,000 people visited Valletta during the opening week of Valletta 2018.
Around 30,000 visited the Valletta Green Festival in May.
The second edition of the Valletta Pageant of the Seas was another success with more than 50,000 people enjoying the spectacle in Malta’s famous Grand Harbour.
Figures from the Malta Tourism Authority show that in the first quarter of 2018, there was a huge rise in the number of tourists visiting the island and who were ‘greatly motivated’ by culture.
Valletta’s status as Europe’s culture capital was the main motivation to visit Malta for 13.5% of tourists in the first quarter of 2018 – three times higher than in 2017.
Valletta 2018 has also helped to create hundreds of new jobs.
Full-time employment in Malta’s cultural and creative industries soared by nearly 20% over a three year period.
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