Guests and nights spent in Gozo accommodation both down in March
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Total guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino collective accommodation establishments during March went down by 3.5 per cent and 7.2 per cent when compared to the comparative month last year, to 6,577 and 18,924 respectively, the National Statistics Office said today.
The average length of say in Gozo and Comino establishments edged down by 0.1 of a night to 2.9, when compared with the same month last year. The NSO added that, the net occupancy rate in Gozo and Comino dropped by 4.4 percentage points to 34.5 per cent over 2016.
Total guests in Gozo and Comino numbered 15,066 for the first three months of 2017, an increase of 1.8 cent on the same period last year, when the number stood at 14,798.
On a national basis total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments advanced by 13.7 and 3.0 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
Total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 141,223, while total nights spent amounted to 658,791.
The NSO noted that the increases in total nights spent resulted from 5-star and 3-star hotels. The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 324,682 nights, or 49.3 per cent of the total.
Collective accommodation establishments average length of stay went down to 4.7 nights in March 2017 from 5.2 nights in the same month of 2016. The NSO said that the net use of bed-places stood at 55.5 per cent, down by 0.5 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.
There were 166 active collective accommodation establishments on a national level during March 2017, with a net capacity of 17,163 bedrooms and 38,573 bed-places.
In Malta, total guests numbered 134,646, up by 14.7 per cent over March last year. Additionally, an increase of 3.3 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.
The average length of stay in Malta, went down by 0.5 of a night to 4.8, The net occupancy rate in Malta declined by 0.3 percentage points, reaching 56.5 per cent.
Total guests in Malta for the first three months of 2017 amounted to 341,159, an increase of 16.1 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent went up by 6.3 per cent, surpassing 1.6 million. The net use of bed-places advanced by 2.4 percentage points to 49.6 per cent, the NSO concluded.
Photograph by Alain Salvary