Record numbers of tourists flock to Malta and Gozo

Malta’s remarkable tourist boom shows no signs of running out of steam.

The Maltese Islands welcomed a record number of holidaymakers in September, according to latest official figures.

A total of 241,378 visitors headed to Malta during the month, a rise of 15.9 percent compared to a year earlier.

Malta’s tourism minister described the latest numbers as ‘terrific news’.

A spokesman for the National Office of Statistics in Valletta said: ‘Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44, followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket.’

The economic boost provided by tourism was also at record levels, with €231.6 million — up 16.7 per cent — spent in Malta’s shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, according to the data.

Tourism bosses said Malta’s success last year was built on the enormous range of events and attractions on offer.

They will hope for another record-breaking year in 2018 with Valletta’s world profile boosted as the European Capital of Culture.

Other attractions likely to help draw large numbers of foreign visitors include the island of Gozo, the Silent City of Mdina, Comino’s Blue Lagoon Valletta’s new war museum at Fort St Elmo and the newly revamped Fort St Angelo.

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