Rise in number of guests and nights spent in Gozo accommodation
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The National Statistics Office has said today, show that in the second quarter this year, the number of guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino was up by 6.9% and 3.3% on last year, to 28,381 and 99,184 respectively.
However, the NSO noted that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino went down slightly by 0.1 of a night to 3.5 nights, when compared to last year. While the net occupancy rate increased by 2.3 percentage points on 2017 to 54.4%.
For the first six months of the year, the total number of guests in Gozo and Comino amounted to to 44,615 – which was an increase of 7.2% on last year, when the figure stood at 41,611.
On a national level, the NSO said that total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during the second quarter of 2018 advanced by 9.9%and 8.7% respectively when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2017.
It noted that guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 557,238, while total nights spent amounted to 2,805,517.
The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 1,298,937 nights, or 46.3% of the total.
The NSO said that during June this year, there were 196 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 18,505 bedrooms and 41,881 bed-places on a national level.
In Malta, guests numbered 528,857, up by 10.1% over the second quarter of 2017. Additionally, an increase of 8.9% was recorded in the number of nights spent.
While the average length of stay went down by 0.1 of a night to 5.1 nights, when compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
The NSO said that net occupancy rate in Malta increased by 4.5 percentage points, reaching 75.9%, over last year.
Total guests in the first six months of the year amounted to 954,759, an increase of 12.5% over the same period in 2017.
Total nights spent went up by 10.2%, reaching nearly 4.7 million.). The net use of bed-places advanced by 3.6 percentage points to 64.1%.
Photograph by Alain Salvary