Gozo Tourism Association pleased with increase in tourists
The Gozo Tourism Association (GTA) acknowledged the collective accomodation statistics compiled by the National Office of Statistics which record a positive increase in tourist arrivals, both on national level and those achieved by the Gozitan tourism industry.
Foreign tourist arrivals in Gozo registered an increase of 8% over the figures registered for the same period in 2011. This increase positively affected the number of bednights spent by foreign tourists on the island. Bed night figures increased by 10, 134 over the previous year, reflecting an increase of 15%. The average length of stay of the foreign tourists staying in Gozitan hotels and Guest houses increased to 5.78 nights.
The GTA also noted an increase in arrival figures relating to the domestic segment of Gozo’s tourism market. According to the same NSO figures the number of domestic tourists arrivals in Gozitan Hotels and Guesthouses during the first six months of 2012 increase by 4%. In fact the average length of stay of the domestic tourist for the period January to June 2012 decreased to 1.88 nights from 1.96 nights.
When taken cumulatively, the above figures represent a net increase of 2004 more arrivals on Gozo staying in Hotels and Guesthouses from January to June 2012 when compared to same period last year, or an increase of 6 % . This represents an increase of 10, 060 bed nights or 10% more spent in Gozitan hotels or guesthouses over the previous year.
GTA added that it has to be noted that these figures only relate to hotels and guesthouses registered in Gozo, and do not include arrivals or bednights in the self-catering sector, which covers the unique farmhouse product as well as the self-catering apartments.
The Gozo Tourism Association acknowledged the input of the Gozitan Hotels in this scenario. These results were also achieved through the collaboration of all those concerned, and especially the snyergised efforts between the Directorate for Toursim and Economic Development within the Ministry for Gozo, the Malta Tourism Authority and the Gozo Tourism Association.