Increase in arrivals to hotels in Gozo during April to June

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Arrivals to hotels in Gozo increases during April to JuneAccording to figures released from the National Statistics Offfice total arrivals and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments, during June increased by 4.5 and 1.1 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month last year.

Between April and June in Gozo and Comino, both resident and non-resident arrivals registered increases when compared to last year and numbered 9,686 and 12,001 respectively.

A sharp increase in non-resident nights was also noted in 4-star hotels, which amounted to 34,325. The occupancy rate in Malta went slightly up by 1 percentage point to 61.8 per cent, while that in Gozo and Comino stood at 49.6 per cent.

Total arrivals in collective accommodation establishments in June reached 138,809. More than 40 per cent of these arrivals were recorded by 4-star hotels, while 5-star hotels accounted for 27.2 per cent of total.

Total guest nights numbered 797,554, while the average length of stay stood at 5.7 nights. Increases in arrivals were noted in all accommodation categories except for the 3-star hotel category, which declined by 7.7 per cent. Nights spent increased in almost all hotel categories except for 4-star hotels, where guest nights decreased by 2.2 per cent.

The net use of bed-places in collective accommodation stood at 68.6 per cent, down by 0.3 percentage points when compared to 2011. The drop in the number of guest nights caused a decrease of 4.7 percentage points in the net occupancy rate recorded for 4-star hotels. In contrast, occupancy levels in 5-star and 3-star hotels increased by 1.2 and 2.9 percentage points respectively. The 2-star hotel category also registered a sharp increase in occupancy rate, reaching 40.2 per cent, compared to the 36.4 per cent registered last year.

On a national level, there were 156 active establishments during the month under review – two more than last year. There were increases in both the number of bedrooms and bed-places, reaching 17,988 and 38,735 respectively. On average, there were 2.2 beds per room.

Total arrivals for the second quarter this year amounted to 387,995, up by 4.7 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year. Non-resident arrivals rose in almost all collective accommodation establishments and amounted to 356,417. Resident arrivals went up by 4.1 per cent and reached 31,578.

Total nights reached 2.1 million – 2.1 per cent more than last year. A sharp rise in nights spent by foreign residents was noted among 3-star hotels, which totalled 381,642. Similarly, resident nights in 3-star hotels increased substantially over 2011 amounting to 9,852.

The occupancy rate for the second quarter was estimated at 61.2 per cent – 1.5 percentage points higher than last year, ranging from 64.1 per cent in hotels to 45.7 per cent in ‘Other collective accommodation’ establishments.

Between April and June this year, total arrivals and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments in Malta totalled 366,308 and 2.0 million respectively. Both figures increased when compared to 2011. Nights spent by residents in Malta advanced by 10.0 per cent. This was mainly caused by a sharp rise in nights spent by residents in 3-star hotels, which nearly quadrupled when compared to last year. Overall, the average length of stay remained practically unchanged when compared to last year’s levels, and stood at 5.6 nights.

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