Malta estimated total inbound visitors in May at 177,895, an increase of 5.5% when compared to the corresponding month of 2014.The total inbound tourist trips amounted to 177,203, which excluded the passengers who stayed overnight on board their berthed cruise ship.A total of 153,104 inbound tourist trips were carried out for holiday purposes, while a further 11,160 were undertaken for business purposes. Inbound tourists from EU Member States went up by 11.3% to 155,306.Total tourist expenditure was estimated at Euro 149.2 million, an increase of 7.9% over the corresponding month of 2014.Inbound tourist trips from January to May amounted to 579,693, an increase of 5.9% over the same period in 2014. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 4.2%, reaching almost 4.1 million nights.During January-May, total tourism expenditure was estimated at Euro 460.4 million, 7.2% higher than that recorded for 2014.
Italian shoe design house Sergio Rossi will celebrate its 40th anniversary next spring with a limited edition tote and sandal set for men. The firm revealed the first samples at its new Milan showroom last weekend, during men’s fashion week here. The men’s shopping tote, in denim, fades from black to white and displays a graphic print of the number 40. Its trim and handles are made from black semi-shiny crocodile with matching hand-stitching. The matching sandal features two crossed straps–one crocodile and one faded denim–with rope-colored hand-stitching and a commemorative logo. Just 40 will be made, and available just in time for next year’s sandal season.