Total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments, which excludes short-let private holiday homes, during the third quarter of 2020, decreased by 55.1 per cent and 66.3 per cent respectively, when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2019.
Data shared by the National Statistics Office found that during the third quarter of 2020, total guests in collective accommodation establishments amounted 264,444, while total nights accounted for almost 1.1 million nights.
When compared with Q2 figures, that is April to June – a period with no commercial travel and heavy restrictions imposed on businesses to fight the spread of the virus – total guests in collective establishments stood at 17,151 corresponding to 64,161 guest nights.
The Q3 figures show that the largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels and 3-star hotels, with 47.9 per cent and 24.3 per cent of the total respectively.
On a regional level, total guests in Malta numbered 239,964, down by 56.7 per cent over the third quarter of 2019.
Additionally, a decrease of 67.0 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent.
Total guests and nights in Gozo and Comino decreased by 29.6 per cent and 49.2 per cent, to 24,480 and 66,838 respectively.
With tourism numbers continuing to be much lower than pre-COVID levels, the lower drop in occupancy in Gozitan hotels can be attributed to many Maltese who opted to travel to the sister island instead of summer vacations abroad.
The average length of stay in Malta decreased by 1.3 nights to 4.3 nights when compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
Similarly, in Gozo and Comino the average length of stay decreased by 1.1 nights to 2.7 nights.
The net occupancy rate in Malta decreased by 54.4 percentage points, reaching 29.5 per cent, and that in Gozo and Comino decreased by 25.7 percentage points to 40.7 per cent.
Total guests during the first nine months of 2020 amounted to 586,173, a decrease of 61.9 per cent over the same period in 2019.
Total nights spent went down by 67.7 per cent, reaching nearly 2.5 million. The net use of bed-places declined by 38.3 percentage points to 30.4 per cent.