Tourist arrivals increased in September
Total arrivals and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments during September rose by 6.8 and 6.6 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding month last year.
Total arrivals in collective accommodation establishments during the month under review amounted to 150,907, while total nights spent numbered 893,601. Nights spent increased in all collective accommodation establishments, with the highest increase recorded in three-star hotels. The largest share of guest nights was reported in four-star hotels, accounting for 404,094 nights, or 45.2 per cent of the total.
The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments stood at 5.9 nights, at par with last year’s levels. The net use of bed-places stood at 73.0 per cent, up by 2.2 percentage points when compared to the corresponding month in 2012. Moreover, all collective accommodation establishments reported a rise in occupancy levels.
On a national level, there were 159 collective accommodation establishments active during September, with a net capacity of 18,472 bedrooms and 40,832 bed-places. On average, each establishment had 2.2 beds per room.
Total arrivals for the third quarter numbered 466,990, up by 6.8 per cent over the corresponding quarter of last year. On the other hand, resident arrivals dropped by 3.8 per cent to 32,099. Total nights spent between July and September surpassed three million, 5.7 per cent higher than last year. Nights spent by non-residents advanced by 5.8 per cent, whereas resident nights went up by 0.9 per cent.
The occupancy rate for the third quarter was estimated at 80 per cent, 1.4 percentage points more than last year. The occupancy rate in hotel accommodation stood at 83 per cent, while that recorded in other collective accommodation establishments reached 64.7 per cent.
Regional Figures: July-September 2013
Total arrivals and nights spent in collective accommodation establishments in Malta totalled 438,755 and 2.9 million respectively. The average length of stay stood at 6.6 nights, down by 0.1 of a night when compared to the third quarter last year. Increases were reported in both non-resident arrivals and nights in Malta.
In Gozo and Comino, non-resident nights advanced by 11 per cent, whereas resident nights went up by 5.8 per cent, when compared to 2012.
The occupancy rate in Malta increased by 1.2 percentage points, reaching 80.2 per cent, and that in Gozo and Comino advanced by 6.5 percentage points to 76.5 per cent.