Xjenza Online Vol. 7 Iss. 1 - September 2019
The Evolution of Malta's Tourism Sector
Silvio Attard (none)
tourism economics, demand factor, supply factors, over-tourism, sustainability
The study aims to analyse historic developments in Malta's tourism industry, focussing on the changing characteristics of demand and supply. The recent surge in inbound tourism appears to be largely driven by increased air connectivity to and from Malta. The advent of low-cost carriers is considered an important positive supply shock on the local sector. At the same time, the sustained shift towards stays in private accommodation can be partly explained by changing preferences, but also by capacity constraints in collective accommodation establishments. Moreover, the pa- per compares a number of indicators which shed light on the economic importance of tourism for the Maltese economy. It also examines the issue concerning sustain- able growth of the sector and seeks to draw some policy inferences.