Bed-place occupancy down by 4.8% in December
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In December 2008 bed-place occupancy in collective accommodation establishments went down by 4.8 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.
The overall occupancy rate in collective accommodation establishments (net use) went down by 4.8 percentage points in December 2008 over the comparative month in 2007, to stand at 30.5 per cent.
Length of stay and nights spent
In December 2008, total nights spent in collective accommodation establishments were recorded at 341,194, a decrease of 13.7 per cent over the corresponding month in 2007, with the largest drops being registered in the 3-star and 4-star hotel categories. In the month under review, the average length of stay stood at 5.4 nights.
Accounting for 95.6 per cent of the national bed-stock, the overall supply of bed-places in Malta stood at 37,452 beds, an increase of 2.9 per cent when compared to December 2007. On an annual basis, the net use of bed-places in Malta went down by 4.8 percentage points to 31.0 per cent. The average length of stay stood at 5.6 nights. Nights spent by non-residents accounted for 91.4 per cent of total guest-nights in Malta.
In Gozo and Comino, the overall supply of bed-places stood at 1,736 beds, an increase of 5.5 per cent over the comparable month a year earlier. The net use of bed-places in December was 18.2 per cent, an decrease of 2.3 percentage points over December 2007. The average length of stay stood at 2.5 nights, an increase of 0.1. Nights spent by non-residents accounted for 44.8 per cent of total guest-nights in Gozo