Number of guests staying in Gozo up in Q3, but nights spent down

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Number of guests staying in Gozo up in Q3, but nights spent downNational Statistics Office data released today show that in the third quarter this year, the number of guests in Gozo and Comino was up by 1.0% to 34,883 with nights spent down by 0.8% to 138,847 compared to 2017.

The NSO noted that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino registered a drop of 0.1 of a night to 4.0 nights, when compared to the same quarter last year. While the net occupancy rate increased by 1.6 percentage points on 2017 to 71.9%.

On a national level the total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation during the third quarter of 2018 increased by 5.5 and 3.2% respectively when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2017.

The NSO said that total guests in collective accommodation establishments in the third quarter numbered 578,350, while total nights spent amounted to almost 3.3 million.

The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for over 1.5 million nights, or 46.1% of the total.

The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments stood at 5.7 nights in the third quarter of 2018, down by 0.1 of a night when compared with the same quarter of 2017.

The net use of bed-places stood at 84.1%, up by 2.2 percentage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

According to the NSO, during September 2018, there were 202 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 18,731 bedrooms and 42,696 bed-places on a national level.

Total guests in Malta numbered 543,467, up by 5.8% over the third quarter of 2017. Additionally, an increase of 3.4%was recorded in the number of nights spent.

Like Gozo and Comino, the average length of stay in both Malta registered a drop of 0.1 of a night when compared to the same quarter of 2017, to stand at 5.8 nights respectively.

The net occupancy rate in Malta increased by 2.2 percentage points, reaching 84.7 per cent, the NSO said.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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