2008 News Archive - Holidays - Malta looks to rebound in 2007
18 12 2006
Officials in Malta are expecting tourists to flock to the country next year after a slightly testing 2006.
It is thought that tourist arrivals fell by 6.6 per cent between July and September when compared to the same period last year, but there are hopes that more recent figures have been much more encouraging.
According to the Sunday Times in Malta, official statistics indicate that arrivals in November climbed by 5.5 per cent compared to last year and that December was looking similarly encouraging.
The newspaper reports that bookings for 2007 are "very encouraging", largely thanks to the efforts of low-cost carriers including Ryanair. New routes from the airline departing from both London and Pisa have reportedly had a staggering impact on Malta's tourism industry.
Holidaymakers tend to find the better beaches in the north of the island, where Bigibba, Qawra and St Paul's are all extremely popular resorts. The island's most attractive beaches include Mellieha, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay as well as Paradise Bay and Armier.
Many of the beaches boast excellent snorkelling conditions, as well as facilities for those hoping to try their hand at windsurfing, water skiing and jet skiing.
The average temperature in Malta during the summer months is 32 degrees centigrade and winters are reasonably mild too at 14 degrees centigrade.