Decrease in number of guests and nights spent in Gozo accommodation
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Total guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino collective accommodation establishments decreased by 6.3% and 7.5%, to 20,271 and 66,669 respectively, during the fourth quarter last year, the National Statistics has said.
The data show that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino stood at 3.3 nights, which the NSO said, was at par with the previous year.
It also noted that the net occupancy rate in Gozo and Comino decreased by 3.4 percentage points to 39.3% over the same quarter of 2017.
On a national level, during the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 3.8% when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2017, while total nights spent remained at par with the previous year.
Total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 449,749, while total nights spent amounted to almost 2.2 million.
The NSO said that the largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for nearly 1.1 million nights, or 49.6% of the total.
Average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 4.8 nights in the fourth quarter of 2018 from the average of 5.0 nights registered during the same quarter of the previous year.
The net use of bed-places stood at 57.1%, down by 1.1 percentage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
The NSO said that in December, there were 191 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 18,043 bedrooms and 40,966 bed-places on a national level.
total guests in Malta numbered 429,478, up by 4.4 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2017. Additionally, an increase of 0.3% was recorded in the number of nights spent.
In Malta, the average length of stay stood at 4.9 nights, down by 0.2 of a night when compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The net occupancy rate in Malta decreased by 0.9 percentage points, reaching 58.0%.
In 2018, total guests reached almost 2.0 million, an increase of 8.4 per cent over the same period in 2017. Total nights spent went up by 5.6 per cent, surpassing 10.1 million.
The net use of bed-places advanced by 2.0 percentage points to 67.6 per cent.
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