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Hotel occupancy drops by 2.3% in October

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Hotel occupancy drops by 2.3% in OctoberIn October 2009, guest arrivals in collective accommodation establishments amounted to 108,473. Total nights spent were recorded at 653,334, with an average length of stay of 6 nights per stay.

Occupancy trends

During the month under review the overall occupancy rate in collective accommodation establishments (net use) amounted to 55.4 per cent, with a decrease of 3.7 percentage points when compared with October last year. Moreover, non-residents occupancy rate stood at 53.1 per cent, with a drop of 3.9 percentage points, while the residents occupancy rate increased by 0.2 percentage points, to 2.3 per cent.

During October, the total arrivals in collective accommodation establishments were recorded at 108,473, of which 88.7 per cent were non-resident arrivals. For the period under review, total nights spent in collective accommodation establishments were recorded at 653,334, with a drop of 8.4 per cent over the corresponding month in 2008, with the largest drops being registered in the 3-star and 4-star hotel categories.

Regional overview

The overall net supply of bed-places in Malta was 36,327 beds, with a decrease of 2.3 per cent when compared to the corresponding month last year. Furthermore, year-on-year figures show that the net use of bed-places in Malta decreased by 3.6 percentage points to 55.8 per cent. The average length of stay stood at 6.1 nights. Nights spent by non-residents in Malta accounted for 96.5 per cent of total guest-nights in Malta.

The net supply of bed-places in Gozo and Comino stood at 1,743 beds, which accounts for 4.6 per cent of the national bed-stock. The net use of bed-places during October was 46.6 per cent. The average length of stay stood at 4.1 nights. Nights spent by nonresidents, accounted for 82.3 per cent of total guest-nights in Gozo, with an average length of stay of 5.6 nights.

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