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It-Turiżmu ʼl Barra minn Malta: L-Ewwel Kwart tal-2023
Data tal-Ħruġ: 16 taʼ Mejju 2023
Fl-ewwel kwart tal-2023, s-safar taʼ residenti Maltin ʼl barra mill-pajjiż laħaq il-158,180 safra, filwaqt li l-għadd taʼ ljieli mqattgħin laħaq bʼkollox il-1,082,039 lejl.

It-Turiżmu ʼl Barra minn Malta

It-turisti kollha li ħarġu ʼl barra mill-pajjiż, li fil-fatt huma r-residenti Maltin li siefru, fl-ewwel tliet xhur tal-2023 kienu stmati li jlaħqu 158,180, filwaqt li t-total ta’ ljieli mqattgħin barra laħqu 1,082,039.

Jannar-Marzu tal-2023

Matul it-tliet xhur trattati f’din l-istqarrija, saru total taʼ 90,851 safra ʼil barra mill-pajjiż għall-btala; warajhom kien hemm 43,664 safra li saru għal żjarat lill-ħbieb u l-qraba. Il-biċċa l-kbira taʼ dawn it-turisti kellhom bejn il-25 u l-44 sena (52.5 fil-mija), filwaqt li warajhom kien hemm dawk fil-kategorija taʼ bejn il-45 u l-64 sena (27.5 fil-mija) (Tabella nru 1). L-Italja baqgħet il-pajjiż fejn l-aktar li jmorru n-nies minn Malta, bʼpersentaġġ taʼ 35.4 fil-mija tas-safar kollu (Tabella nru 6).

L-akbar għadd taʼ ljieli (54.9 fil-mija) kienu mqattgħin fʼakkomodazzjonijiet mingħajr kera (Tabella nru 3). Matul dan is-safar, it-turisti qagħdu medja taʼ 6.8 ljieli.

Bejn Jannar u Marzu, l-infiq totali mit-turisti li ħarġu ʼl barra mill-pajjiż qabeż il-€131.6 miljun, li jiġi ekwivalenti għall-medja taʼ €832 kull persuna (Tabelli nri 4 u 5).

Ċart 1. L-Għadd sħiħ taʼ turisti li siefru ʼl barra minn Malta

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Ċart 2. It-Tul medju taż-żjajjar bis-sena u t-tip taʼ akkomodazzjoni


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Ċart 3a. L-Infiq sħiħ, ras għal ras, mit-turisti li siefru ʼl barra minn Malta


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Ċart 3b. L-Infiq sħiħ, kull lejl, mit-turisti li siefru ʼl barra minn Malta


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Ċart 4. L-Infiq medju, ras għal ras, bid-destinazzjoni fejn ikunu marru t-turisti


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Additional Tables and Charts

Methodological Notes

1. This release focuses on outbound tourism, which comprises the activities of Maltese residents travelling to, and staying in places outside Malta (i.e. outside their usual environment), and staying for not more than 12 consecutive months for personal, business or other purposes.
2. Data on outbound tourism trips are collected from an ongoing frontier national survey known as Tourstat. Tourist air departures are collected through a continuous survey carried out at the departure lounge of the Malta International Airport. A two-stage sampling design is used to collect data on air passengers. In the first stage, alternate days and nights are selected. In the second stage, within each shift, a sample of passengers is selected systematically. Every crossing air passenger is counted and respondents are selected using a pre-defined interval of 1:20.
3. Tourist sea departures are collected through a regular survey conducted during three separate months every year at the Valletta Cruise Port. A quota sample is used to conduct sea passenger departures in which survey interviewers are guided to select people according to some fixed quota. Survey data is supplemented by administrative data provided by ferry operators.
4. ‘Tourist trips’ differs from the ‘number of tourists’ such that the same person can undertake more than one trip during a reference period.
5. Owing to Croatia’s entry into the Eurozone (with effect from 1 January 2023), Croatian data is statistically classified as being in the Euro area from January 2023. Comparability between comparative periods should be treated with caution.
6. Expenditure data in this release represent the budgeted expenditure of outbound tourists prior to their departure.
7. Data included in this release are based on sample data and are therefore subject to sampling error. Sampling error is measured by a quantity known as the margin of error, which in turn, expresses the variability between the true population parameters and their corresponding sample estimates. In the table below, the margin of error is used to construct a set of 95 per cent confidence intervals for the main indicators, which gives an indication of where the true population parameters lie.

Sampling variability of outbound tourism figures

Estimate Margin of error 95% confidence interval
Outbound tourists 158,180 1,740 158,180 ± 1,740
Total nights 1,082,039 50,0352 1,082,039 ± 50,035
Total expenditure (€ 000) 131,629 5,085 131,629 ± 5,085

8. Definitions:

●  Usual environment: the geographical area, though not necessarily a contiguous one, within which an individual conducts his regular life routines and shall be determined on the basis of the following criteria: the crossing of administrative borders or the distance from the place of usual residence, the duration of visit, the frequency of visit and the purpose of visit.

●  Resident: a person is considered to be a resident of Malta/Gozo if:

a. S/he has lived for most of the past 12 months in Malta/Gozo;

b. S/he has lived in Malta/Gozo for less than 12 months but intends to return within a year to settle here.

●  Traveller: a person who moves between different geographic locations, for any purpose and any duration.

●  Visitor: the three fundamental criteria used to distinguish visitors from travellers are:

a. The trip should be to a place other than that of the usual environment, which would exclude short-distance local transport and commuting, i.e. more or less regular trips between the place of work/study and the place of residence;

b. The stay in the place visited should not last more than 12 consecutive months, beyond which the visitor would become a resident of that place (from the statistical standpoint);

c. The main purpose of the visit should be other than the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited, which would exclude migratory movements for work purposes.

●  Tourist trips: trips with at least one overnight stay in either rented or non-rented accommodation in the place/country visited.

●  Total nights spent: nights which a guest actually spends or is registered to spend in a rented accommodation or in a non-rented accommodation.

●  Average length of stay: the number of nights spent divided by the number of tourists during a specified reference period.

●  Rented accommodation: consists of the following two sub-categories:

a. Collective accommodation: comprises hotels, guesthouses, hostels, tourist villages, holiday complexes, Bed & Breakfast establishments and campsites;

b. Other rented accommodation: comprises holiday furnished premises (farmhouses, flats and villas), host families, marinas, paid-convents, rented yachts and student dormitories.

●  Non-rented accommodation: comprises own private residence (owned dwellings, owned caravans and yachts), staying with friends or relatives (even if charged – includes also friends’ private apartments) and other private accommodation (oil rig, free-convents or timeshare, etc.).

●  Total expenditure: refers to the amount that is going to be paid for the acquisition of consumption goods and services, as well as valuables during tourism trips. It includes expenditures by visitors themselves, as well as expenses that are paid for or reimbursed by others. Maltese residents are asked to budget the expenditures which they are about to incur when travelling abroad. The total expenditure is broken down by the following expenditure categories:

a. Package expenditure: the whole amount of money spent on transport, accommodation and other services such as rental of a car, activities or outings during the trip;

b. Non-Package expenditure: the amount of money spent on transport and accommodation reported separately;

c. Other expenditure: the amount spent on shopping, souvenirs, tickets for concerts or sport events, entrance to museums or zoos and day excursions during a tourism trip. It also includes durables and valuable goods, that is, the amount spent on cars, computers, paintings, jewellery and works of art.

9. More information relating to this news release may be accessed at:

Sources and methods

Statistical concepts 


10. Statistics in this News Release should be interpreted in the context of the COVID-19 situation.

11. References to this news release are to be cited appropriately.

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It-Turiżmu ʼl Barra minn Malta: L-Ewwel Kwart tal-2023
Data tal-Ħruġ: 16 taʼ Mejju 2023
  • Bejn Jannar u Marzu 2023, s-safar taʼ residenti Maltin ʼl barra mill-pajjiż laħaq il-158,180 safra, filwaqt li l-għadd taʼ ljieli mqattgħin laħaq bʼkollox il-1,082,039 lejl.
  • L-Italja baqgħet l-aktar destinazzjoni popolari bʼsehem taʼ 35.4 fil-mija mit-total.
  • Il-biċċa l-kbira tal-iljieli (54.9 fil-mija) kienu mqattgħin fʼpostijiet taʼ akkomodazzjoni mingħajr kera.
Kalkulatur tal-Inflazzjoni Kalendarju tal-Istqarrijiet tal-Aħbarijiet Talbiet għat-Tagħrif Mistoqsijiet dwar il-Kodiċi tan-NACE
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