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Gozo’s guest numbers and nights spent down in first quarter this year

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Decrease in number of guests and nights spent in Gozo accommodationAccording to data from the National Statistics Office today, total guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino collective accommodation establishments decreased by 8.6% and 19.3%, to 14,835 and 35,453 respectively, during the first quarter this year, when compared to the same period last year.

The NSO noted that the average length of stay in Gozo and Comino stood at 2.4 nights, down 0.3 of a night on 2018.

The net occupancy rate in Gozo and Comino went down by 5.3 percentage points to 25.9% over the same quarter last year, it said.

On a national basis the total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during the first quarter decreased by 6.4 and 8.2% respectively when compared to 2018.

Total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 372,210, while total nights spent amounted to almost 1.7 million.

The NSO noted that the largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for 904,043 nights, or 53.3% of the total.

The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments stood at 4.6 nights, at par with the same quarter of 2018.

The net use of bed-places stood at 47.7%, down by 4.9 percentage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

There were 190 active collective accommodation establishments during March, with a net capacity of 17,723 bedrooms and 40,520 bed-places on a national level, the NSO said.

Total guests in Malta numbered 357,375, down by 6.3% over last year. Additionally, a decrease of 7.9% was recorded in the number of nights spent.

In Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.1 of a night to 4.6 nights, while the net occupancy rate in Malta decreased by 4.9 percentage points, reaching 48.6%, the NSO said.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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    1. Peter De Courcy says:

      Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” I believe that these figures fall into the third category. Do these figures include the numbers of rooms/farmhouses/B&B’s booked through AirBnB, Booking.com or TripAdvisor ?. It’s obvious to anyone permanently residing on Gozo that numbers have increased in all months. Ten minutes conversation with any tourist will confirm that AirBnB is now a favourite way of booking. The figures are just not being declared. As usual.

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