Guest arrivals and nights spent in Gozo both up in February – NSO
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The number of guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino collective accommodation during February increased by 11.0 per cent and 8.8 per cent when compared to the comparative month last year, to 5,256 and 12,280 respectively, the National Statistics Office said today.
It said that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino edged down by 0.1 of a night to 2.3, when compared with the same month last year. While the net occupancy rate declined by 0.5 percentage points to 26.0 per cent.
For the first two months of this year in Gozo and Comino total guests stood at 8,489 up by 6.4% on the same period last year, when the figures was 7,979. While nights spent were 21,007 up by 6.1% on 2016, when it stood at 19,793.
The NSO said that total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments on a national basis during February 2017 advanced by 18.2 and 8.3 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
In February, total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 112,880, while total nights spent amounted to 528,466. All collective accommodation categories registered increases in total nights spent. The NSO said that the largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 265,830 nights, or 50.3 per cent of the total.
According to the NSO, the average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 4.7 nights in February 2017 from 5.1 nights in the same month of 2016. The net use of bed-places stood at 52.4 per cent, up by 5.7 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.
On a national level, there were 158 active collective accommodation establishments during February 2017, with a net capacity of 16,179 bedrooms and 36,260 bed-places.
The total guests in Malta numbered 107,624, up by 18.5 per cent over February 2016. Additionally, an increase of 8.3 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.
It added that also in Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.5 of a night to 4.8, and that in The net occupancy rate in Malta advanced by 6.1 percentage points, reaching 53.7 per cent, over the same month of 2016.
Total guests in the first two months of 2017 in Malta amounted to 199,746, an increase of 17.7 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent went up by 8.6 per cent, reaching 980,890. The net use of bed-places advanced by 3.9 percentage points to 46.4 per cent.
Photograph by Alain Salvary