The number of total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments in Malta decreased by 6.4% and 8.2%, respectively, during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the corresponding quarter in 2018, according to figures published by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
The number of total guests was 372,210, while total nights spent reached almost 1.7 million in Q1 2019.
The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments stood at 4.6 nights, same as the 2018 average, as the NSO press release says.
The net use of bed-places stood at 47.7%, down by 4.9 percentage points when compared to the Q1 /2018.
Malta had 190 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 17,723 bedrooms and 40,520 bed-places on a national level in March, according to the NSO press release.
Drops all around Malta
On a regional level, the percentage of total guests in Malta was down by 6.3% Q1 2019 over the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, a decrease of 7.9% was recorded in the number of nights spent, according to the NSO press release.
The average length of stay went down by 0.1 to 4.6 nights. Furthermore, the net occupancy rate in Malta decreased by 4.9%, reaching 48.6%, as the NSO press release says.
The number of guests and nights spent in Gozo and Comino decreased by 8.6% and 19.3%, respectively. The average length of stay, therefore, decreased by 0.3 to 2.4 nights, compared to the same quarter of 2018, according to NSO press release.
The net occupancy rate decreased as well by 5.3% to 25.9% over the same quarter of 2018.
The full report including charts and visual representation of data is available for download at the website of NSO.