During July total arrivals in collective accommodation establishments reached 146,062, an increase of 3.6% over 2011. The average length of stay remained at par with last year and stood at 6.9 nights.
In July the number of arrivals increased by 6.9 and 12.2% respectively in 5-star and 3-star hotels. In contrast, a marginal decline of 0.9% was noted in 4-star hotel accommodation.
Total guest nights went up by 3.7% and amounted to just over 1 million. Increases were observed in almost all collective accommodation establishments, with nights in 4-star hotels virtually on the same level as July 2011. The most notable increase was recorded in 5-star hotels, at 10.3%, with the total for this category reaching 199,202.
The net use of bed-places stood at 82.4%-2.2 percentage points higher than last year. The biggest increase in occupancy levels was registered among 3-star hotels, which added 8.2 percentage points. Furthermore, 5-star hotels saw an increase in occupancy, reaching a level comparable to that of 4-star hotels.
Total arrivals in Malta amounted to 138,145-3.9% more than the comparative month of 2011. Total nights reached 975,275 with an average length of stay of 7.1 nights. Arrivals in 4-star hotels and in other collective accommodation establishments decreased slightly. Nights spent in Malta went up in almost all hotel categories, with a small drop being noted in 4-star hotels. The occupancy rate was calculated at 83.4% - 2.3 percentage points higher than last year.
Arrivals and guest nights in Gozo and Comino numbered 7,917 and 33,101 respectively, resulting in an average length of stay of 4.2 nights. The net use of bed-places in this region was estimated at 61.5%.
On a national level, there were 158 establishments operating during the month, 142 of which were in Malta. On average each establishment had 2.2 beds per room. Increases in the number of bed-places were recorded for both regions.