September was another good month for Gozo tourist accommodation
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According to data from the National Statistics Office today, the number of guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino during September went up by 16.1 per cent and 11.8 per cent when compared to last year, to 11,033 and 43,116 respectively.
It noted that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino region decreased by 0.2 of a night to 3.9, when compared to 2016.
In Gozo and Comino, the net occupancy rate during September went up 4.0 percentage points to 66.4 per cent over the same month of 2016, the NSO said.
For the first nine months of this year in the Gozo-Comino region total guests numbered 76,138 which was an increase of 12.23 per cent on last year, when the figure stood at 67,839.
On a national basis, the total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during September advanced by 12.5 per cent and 7.6 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month in 2016, the NSO said.
It said that total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 177,361, while total nights spent amounted to 957,765.
The NSO noted that 3-star hotel category registered the largest increase in total nights spent. The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 448,201 nights, or 46.8 per cent of the total.
It added that the average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 5.4 nights in September 2017 from the average of 5.6 nights registered during the same month of 2016.
The net use of bed-places stood at 75.6 per cent, up by 3.2 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month last year.
There were 188 active collective accommodation establishments during September, with a net capacity of 18,677 bedrooms and 42,306 bed-places, the NSO said.
In Malta, total guests numbered 166,328, up by 12.3 per cent over September 2016. Additionally, an increase of 7.4 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent. .The average length of stay went down by 0.2 of a night to 5.5. The net occupancy rate in Malta region increased by 3.2 percentage points, reaching 76.1 per cent.
Also in Malta, total guests in the first nine months of 2017 amounted to 1,396,190, an increase of 13.4 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent went up by 6.4 per cent, surpassing 7.4 million. The net use of bed-places advanced by 2.2 percentage points to 68.2 per cent.
Photograph by Alain Salvary