Despite increase in tourist numbers, hotel guest numbers down marginally

Helena Grech - 26th August 2019 

In the first six months of 2019, total guests in collective accommodation such as hotels and Bed & Breakfasts reached 947,485, a decrease of 0.8% when compared with the same period last year.

Despite an increase of inbound tourism in the first six months of 2019 by 3.9 per cent when compared with the same period in 2018, hotel guests are down by 0.8 per cent while total nights spent were down 4%, reaching close to 4.5 million nights.

The information came to light through a press release issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO), which focuses on collective accommodation establishments. This comprises of hotels, guesthouses, hostels, tourist villages, holiday complexes, bed & breakfasts and campsites.

It does not account for the privately rented accommodation such as flats and villas rented for short-let stays.

When comparing the second quarter of 2019 with that of 2018, it was found that collective accommodation establishments advanced by 3.2 per cent, however total nights spent declined by 1.3 per cent. This would indicate that more tourists are taking shorter holidays.

In the second quarter, total guests in collective accommodation establishments numbered 575,275, while total nights spent amounted to almost 2.8 million. The largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, accounting for over 1.3 million nights, or 48.3 per cent of the total.

The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments went down to 4.8 nights in the second quarter of 2019 from the average of 5.0 nights registered during the same quarter of 2018. The net use of bed-places stood at 73.6 per cent, down by 1.3 percentage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

During June 2019, there were 206 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 18,155 bedrooms and 41,680 bed-places on a national level.

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