The drop in the amount being spent by tourists showed that the island was failing to attract higher-spenders – and things are getting steadily worse because of the cranes and pollution, the president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association Tony Zahra told #TimesTalk.

The number of tourist arrivals for the whole of 2018 rose by 14.3% to reach nearly 2.6 million. But each tourist is spending less: at €809, that is a decrease of 5.5% when compared to 2017.

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