Sharp rise in number of guests and nights spent in Gozo accommodation

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Sharp rise in number of guests and nights spent in Gozo accommodationData provided by the National Statistics Office today, show that in July, the number of guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino was up by 24.5 per cent and 16.7 per cent on last year, to 11,802 and 47,363 respectively.

It noted that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino went down slightly by 0.3 of a night to 4.0, when compared with the same month last year. While the net occupancy rate rose by 3.9 percentage points on 2016 to 68.6 per cent.

The total number of guests in Gozo and comino for the first seven months of this year amounted to 53,414 – which was an increase of 12.4 per cent on last year, when the figure stood at 47,515.

On a national level, total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during July advanced by 12.3 and 7.9 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month in 2016, the NSO said.

Total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 184,055, while total nights spent amounted to 1,111,406, in July.

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 517,379 nights, or 46.6 per cent of the total, the NSO said.

I added that the average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 6.0 nights in July 2017 from 6.3 nights in the same month of 2016.

While the net use of bed-places stood at 85.4 per cent, up by 4.0 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.

On a national level, there were 184 active collective accommodation establishments during July 2017, with a net capacity of 18,507 bedrooms and 42,383 bed-places.

172,252 was the total guests in Malta, up by 11.5 per cent over July 2016. Additionally, an increase of 7.6 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.

In Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.2 of a night to 6.2. The net occupancy rate increased by 4.1 percentage points, reaching 86.4 per cent.

Total guests in the first seven months of 2017 on a national level amounted to 1,032,413, an increase of 14.0 per cent over the same period in 2016.

Total nights spent went up by 6.5 per cent, surpassing 5.3 million. The net use of bed-places advanced by 2.3 percentage points to 64.5 per cent.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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