May sees an increase in the number of guests and nights spent in Gozo
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The National Statistics Office data released today show that total guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino collective accommodation during May increased by 11.2 per cent and 7.7 per cent when compared to the comparative month last year, to 8,622 and 31,229 respectively.
It said that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino fell slightly by 0.1 of a night to 3.6, when compared with the same month last year, the NSO added.
The NSO noted that the net occupancy rate in Gozo and Comino rose by 2.5 percentage points to 47.9 per cent over the same month of 2016.
Total guests in the first five months of 2017 in Gozo and Comino amounted to 30,905, up by 5.64 per cent on the same period last year, when the figure stood at 29,253, the NSO added.
On a national basis, the NSO said that total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during May advanced by 8.9 and 2.7 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
Total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 166,842, while total nights spent amounted to 848,039. Collective accommodation categories registered increases in total nights spent, except for 4-star hotels, the NO said.
The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 384,816 nights, or 45.4 per cent of the total..
Average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 5.1 nights in May 2017 from 5.4 nights in the same month of 2016. The NSO added that the net use of bed-places stood at 67.9 per cent, down by 0.5 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.
Also on a national level, there were 176 active collective accommodation establishments during May 2017, with a net capacity of 17,868 bedrooms and 40,349 bed-places.
Total guests in Malta numbered 158,219, up by 8.8 per cent over May 2016. Additionally, an increase of 2.5 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.
In Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.3 of a night to 5.2. The net occupancy rate in Malta declined by 0.6 percentage points, reaching 69.0 per cent.
Total guests in the first five months of 2017 in Malta amounted to 675,894, an increase of 14.7 per cent over the same period in 2016. The NSO added that the total nights spent went up by 6.7 per cent, surpassing 3.3 million. The net use of bed-places advanced by 2.3 percentage points to 57.8 per cent.
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