A total of 321,723 guests stayed in hotels and similar accommodation establishments in the first six months of this year, a decrease of 625,752 when compared to the same period in 2019.
The big bulk – 297,250 – sought hotel accommodation, mainly in the four star category (155,521), according to figures just released by the National Statistics Office.
The number of nights spent in the Maltese islands went down by 68.7 per cent, reaching nearly 1.4 million.
When comparing the second quarter with the first, the number of guests opting for collective accommodation establishments dropped from 575,265 in 2019 to 17,151 this year.
The number of total nights amounted to 64,161, the average length of stay falling to 3.7 nights from the average of 4.8 nights registered during the same quarter of 2019.
There were 81 active collective accommodation establishments in the |Maltese island in June with a net capacity of 9,897 bedrooms and 24,009 bed places.
On a regional level, 13,674 guests sought accommodation in Malta, down by 97.5 per cent over the same quarter last year. A decrease of 97.9 per cent was recorded in the number of nights they spent in collective accommodation establishments.
In Gozo and Comino, total guests and nights were down by 87.7 per cent and 90.2 per cent to 3,477 and 8,796 respectively.
For statistical purposes, guests include both Maltese residents and non-residents.