The number of holidaymakers visiting Malta has soared to record levels, according to new figures.
Data from the National Statistics Office in Valletta shows a 16% rise in the number of overseas visitors to almost 1.8 million.
During the period between January and August, tourist spending increased by more than 10% to €1.5 billion.
The figures show Malta’s tourism industry is on course for a record-breaking year, boosting the economy and creating more jobs.
Almost half of tourists coming to Malta are now aged between 25 and 44, boosted by viral social media campaigns, publicity surrounding Valletta 2018, Isle of MTV and a number of Malta music festivals promoted by the BBC.
A spokesman from the National Statistics Office told 89.7 Bay: ‘In August alone, a total of 290,734 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 8,980 were undertaken for business purposes.
‘Inbound tourists from the EU went up by 8.6 per cent to 266,492 when compared to the corresponding month in 2017.’
In a statement, the Malta Tourism Authority said: ‘We’ve seen an increase of 10% in inbound visitors this August and an increase of almost 16% between January and August compared to last year.
‘We’re pleased with these results and committed towards their sustainability.’