The total number of guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during the ﬁrst quarter of 2019 decreased by 6.4 per cent and 8.2 per cent respectively, when compared to the same period last year says the National Statistics Office.
More than 372,200 people stayed a 1.7 million nights in Malta between January and March this year. The biggest per centage of those (53.3 per cent) stayed in four-star hotels accounting for 904,043 visitors.
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 per cent, down by 4.9 per centage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
During March 2019, there were 190 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 17,723 bedrooms and 40,520 bed-places on a national level.
Breaking the numbers down into regions revealed that the total number of guests in Malta numbered 357,375, down by 6.3 per cent over the ﬁrst quarter of 2018. Additionally, a decrease of 7.9 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent. Total guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino decreased by 8.6 per cent and 19.3 per cent, to 14,835 and 35,453 respectively.
In Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.1 of a night to 4.6 nights; and that in Gozo and Comino decreased by 0.3 of a night to 2.4 nights, when compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The net occupancy rate in Malta decreased by 4.9 per centage points, reaching 48.6 per cent, and that in Gozo and Comino decreased by 5.3 percentage points to 25.9 per cent over the same quarter of 2018.