Gozo accommodation sees increase in guest numbers and nights spent
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The number of guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino collective accommodation in June went up by 18.0 per cent each when compared to the comparative month last year, amounting to 10,364 and 39,461 respectively, the National Statistics Office reported today.
During the same month the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino remained stable at 3.8 per cent, when compared with the same month last year, while the net occupancy rate increased by 6.0 percentage points to 60.5 per cent.
Total guests in the first six months of the year in Gozo and Comino increased by 9.40 per cent to 41,611.
On a national basis the total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments advanced by 12.8 and 4.2 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month in 2016.
The NSO said that total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 171,998, while total nights spent amounted to 910,218.
3-star hotels registered the largest increase in total nights spent. The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 432,949 nights, or 47.6 per cent of the total.
Average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 5.3 nights in June 2017 from 5.7 nights in the same month of 2016. The net use of bed-places stood at 73.5 per cent, an increase of 0.6 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.
On a national level, there were 183 active collective accommodation establishments during June 2017, with a net capacity of 18,186 bedrooms and 41,319 bed-places.
The total guests in Malta numbered 161,634, up by 12.5 per cent over June 2016. Additionally, an increase of 3.6 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.
In Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.4 of a night to 5.4, when compared with the same month last year.
The net occupancy rate in Malta increased by 0.4 percentage points, reaching 74.3 per cent over the same month of 2016.
The NSO reported that total guests in the first six months on a national level amounted to 848,806, an increase of 14.4 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent went up by 6.2 per cent, surpassing 4.2 million. The net use of bed-places advanced by 2.0 percentage points to 60.6 per cent.
Photograph by Alain Salvary