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Malta’s mix of sunshine, history, culture and friendly locals helped to boost tourist numbers in May, according to figures published today.
The number of holiday visitors to the island rose by 0.5 percent while the number of hotel nights increased by 1.5 percent.
The National Office of Statistics in Valletta said total arrivals during the first five months of 2015 amounted to 572,409 – an increase of 2.1 percent over the same period in 2014, which was already a record year for tourism.
Total nights spent went up by 1.6 percent, reaching nearly three million between January and May.
Malta Tourism Authority chief executive Paul Bugeja welcomed the figures as good news which ‘continues to consolidate Malta’s competitiveness as a tourism destination in the years to come’.
He added: ‘These results continue to confirm the trend emerging from the overall inbound tourism figures which indicate very clearly that the number of tourists choosing to stay in non-collective private accommodation is increasing at a much faster rate than in collective accommodation’.
Read more: Malta Tourism Authority
Melita welcomes results announced in the European Digital Agenda scoreboard placing Malta at the top spot out of all 28 EU member states for broadband coverage.
Melita’s continuous multi-million Euro investment in Fibre power internet service has thrusted Malta in the number one position amongst EU countries for coverage of Next Generation Broadband. Melita has facilitated access to speeds of 100 Megabits per second or more wherever and whenever customers need it around Malta and Gozo, without requiring complex installations or changes to wiring.
Malta has also climbed two places in the amount of subscriptions for broadband connections of 30 Megabits or more. This comes as a direct result of Melita’s upgrades to all its domestic customers, back in 2014, to a minimum of 30 Megabit per second connections and business broadband connections starting from 60 Megabits per second.
“The results achieved by Malta and Melita are the result of a clear strategy supported by multi-million Euro investments aimed at delivering the best broadband experience, nationwide to Malta. Our strategy remains based on converged services, where entertainment and communications increasingly depend on fast and high quality broadband internet. Statistics published by the EU encourage us. But we are also delighted to note that Maltese consumers and businesses have voted Melita as the ‘Best Buy Award’ for both fixed and wireless broadband internet”, commented Andrei Torriani, CEO at Melita.
Investments in fixed and wireless broadband for Melita continue relentlessly as the company recently also announced upgrades to its 3G+ mobile network, now delivering speeds of up to 42Mbps on mobile internet. Moreover, melitaWIFI offers speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second and this is being rolled out in more hubs around the country. Neighborhoods have access to even higher home internet speeds reaching up to 250 Megabits per second. These investments form part of Melita’s five-year €70 million rolling investment program.
Melita has also been confirmed as Malta’s fastest broadband internet provider by OOKLA – the international independent operator of the site http://www.netindex.com. After thousands of tests performed directly by customers from their own computers or devices, results show that Melita customers, on average, experience internet speeds twice as fast as those of other local operators.
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