Arrivals and nights spent in Gozo accommodation both up in February

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Arrivals and nights spent in Gozo accommodation both up in FebruaryData from the National Statistics Office show that in Gozo, total guests in collective accommodation establishments in February, increased by 13.0% at a total of 4,635 up from 4,101 in the same month last year. Total nights spent amounted to 11,161 which was up from 10,116 in 2015, an increase of 10.0%.

For the months of January and February in Gozo, total guests in accommodation stood at 7,879 against 6,472 in 2015, an increase of 22.0%, with total nights spent at 19,664 up from 16,825 in 2015, an increase of 17.0%.

Total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments in Malta during February 2016 both increased by 4.5 per cent compared to the corresponding month in 2015.

In February, total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 95,351, while total nights spent amounted to 487,364. All collective accommodation categories registered increases in total nights spent. The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 254,977 nights, or 52.3 per cent of the total.

The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments stood at 5.1 nights during the month under review, at par with February 2015. The net use of bed-places stood at 46.7 per cent, down by 2.2 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.

On a national level, there were 147 active collective accommodation establishments during February, with a net capacity of 16,925 bedrooms and 37,453 bed-places.

Total guests during the first two months of 2016 amounted to 168,756, an increase of 3.0 per cent over the same period in 2015. Total nights spent went up by 2.8 per cent, reaching 898,039. The net use of bed-places declined by 0.9 percentage points to 42.6 per cent.

Photograph: Alain Salvary

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