The National Statistics Office has said today that the the total number of guests and nights spent in the Gozo and Comino region during the fourth quarter of 2017, increased by 13.7 per cent and 9.2 per cent on the same period in 2016, to 21,643 and 72,054 respectively.
The NSO also noted that during the same period the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino region decreased by 0.2 of a night to 3.3 nights, when compared to 2016, while the net occupancy rate increased by 3.3 percentage points to 42.7 per cent.
In 2017, the total number of guests in Gozo and Comino amounted to 97,781 and increase of 12.6 per cent over 2016, when the figure stood at 86,866. The net use of bed-places increased to 49.8 percent.
On a national level, total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during the fourth quarter advanced by 11.7 per cent and 8.3 per cent respectively when compared to 2016.
Total guests in collective accommodation establishments during the same period numbered 433,149, while total nights spent amounted to 2,166,208.
It was noted that the largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 1,050,303 nights, or 48.5 per cent of the total.
Average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 5.0 nights in the fourth quarter, from the average of 5.2 nights registered during the same quarter of 2016.
Net use of bed-places stood at 58.2 per cent, up by 1.4 percentage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
During December 2017, there were 174 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 17,385 bedrooms and 39,047 bed-places on a national level.
The number of guests in Malta numbered 411,505, up by 11.6 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2016. Additionally, an increase of 8.3 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.
The average length of stay in Malta went down by 0.1 of a night to 5.1 nights; and the net occupancy rate in Malta region increased by 1.2 percentage points, reaching 58.9 per cent.
In 2017, on a national level, total guests surpassed 1.8 million, an increase of 13.0 per cent over the same period in 2016. Total nights spent went up by 6.8 per cent, reaching nearly 9.6 million. The net use of bed-places advanced by 1.9 percentage points to 65.6 per cent.
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