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Collective Accommodation Establishments: Q3/2023
Release Date: 23 November 2023
Total guests in collective accommodation establishments during the third quarter of 2023 stood at 662,593 while total nights spent amounted to 3,242,318.

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In the third quarter of 2023, the largest share of guest nights was reported in 4-star hotels, with 48.9 per cent of the total (Table 2).

The average length of stay in collective accommodation establishments in 2023 went down to 4.9 nights when compared to the figure registered during the same quarter of 2022 (Tables 2 and 3). The net use of bed-places stood at 77.9 per cent, up by 5.4 percentage points when compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year (Table 3).

On a national level, during September 2023, there were 284 active collective accommodation establishments with a net capacity of 20,129 bedrooms and 45,861 bed-places (Table 4).

Regional breakdown

On a regional level, total guests in Malta numbered 623,754, up by 14.4 per cent over the third quarter of 2022. Additionally, an increase of 10.1 per cent was recorded in the number of nights spent, reaching 3,114,830 nights. Total guests in Gozo and Comino increased by 30.8 per cent to 38,839, while nights increased by 22.1 per cent to 127,488 (Tables 1 and 2).

When compared with the same quarter of the previous year, in Malta, the average length of stay went down by 0.2 of a night to 5.0 nights. In Gozo and Comino, the average length of stay went down by 0.2 of a night to 3.3 nights. The net occupancy rate in Malta increased by 5.3 percentage points, reaching 78.5 per cent, and that in Gozo and Comino increased by 8.7 percentage points to 65.6 per cent (Table 3).

January-September 2023

Total guests in the first three quarters of 2023 amounted to 1,707,924, an increase of 26.9 per cent over the same period in 2022 (Table 1). Total nights spent increased by 21.5 per cent reaching 7,585,933 nights (Table 2). The net use of bed-places went up by 10.0 percentage points to 64.5 per cent (Table 3).

Chart 1. Total guests and nights spent

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Methodological Notes

1. The objective of the Survey on Collective Accommodation Establishments is to estimate the utilisation rate of bed-places of all active collective accommodation establishments in Malta and Gozo. The variables collected from the survey include:

● Number of residents;
● Number of non-residents;
● Nights spent by residents;
● Nights spent by non-residents;
● Number of room nights sold to non-residents;
● Number of room nights sold to residents;
● Number of bedrooms;
● Number of bed-places;
● Number of days the establishment was closed during the month under review.

The collection of the above variables and the calculation of occupancy levels are in line with Regulation (EU) No. 692/2011.

2. The survey is distributed monthly to all collective accommodation establishments, namely hotels, guesthouses, hostels and tourist villages.

3. Response rates:

Response rate 2022 2023
July 88.6%92.8%
August 94.4% 94.5%
September 90.7%91.8%

4. In this release, figures for April-June 2023 should be considered as a second estimate while those relating to July-September 2023 are a first estimate (data cut-off date 8 November 2023), therefore subject to revision in the ensuing release.

5. The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) classification of all accommodation categories is found in Legal Notice 351 of 2012

6. Users are advised that comparisons between non-resident arrivals recorded in the Inbound Tourism survey (Tourstat, demand-side) and the Collective Accommodation survey (Accomstat, supply-side), should be undertaken in the knowledge that discrepancies will be found. These are mainly due to differences in definitions and methodologies. For more details, one can consult Concept 15.4 of the NSO’s metadata file.

7. Definitions:

● Bedroom: a unit formed by one room or group of rooms constituting an indivisible rental whole in an accommodation establishment or dwelling.

● Bed-place: in an establishment, this is determined by the number of persons who can stay overnight in the establishment, not taking into account any extra beds that may be provided to clients on request.

● Residents: Maltese/Gozitan residents who check into/out of a collective accommodation establishment. A person is considered to be a Maltese/Gozitan resident if:

(a) S/he has lived for most of the past 12 months in Malta/Gozo;
(b) S/he has lived in Malta/Gozo for less than 12 months but intends to return within a year to settle here.

● Non-residents: foreigners who do not necessarily follow the definition of a tourist and check into/out of a collective accommodation establishment.

● Total guests: the total number of residents and non-residents.

● Total nights spent: the total number of nights which guests actually spend or are registered to spend in a collective accommodation establishment.

● Net use of bed-places: the net occupancy rate calculated for all active accommodation establishments, net of seasonal closures and other temporary closures. The occupancy of bed-places is calculated by dividing the total nights during the reference period by the number of bed-places and the number of days when the bed-places are actually available for use during the reference period. The result is then multiplied by 100 to express the occupancy rate as a percentage.

● Average length of stay: this is calculated as follows:

Total number of nights
Total number of guests

● Tourist: a visitor who stays at least one night in collective or private accommodation in the place/country visited.

8. Collective Accommodation Establishment data for 2019 has been included in this release for easier comparison with the pre-COVID-19 situation.

9. More information relating to this news release may be accessed at:

Sources and Methods
Statistical Concepts
Statistical Database

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Collective Accommodation Establishments: Q3/2023
Release Date: 23 November 2023
Expensive apartments and Luxury boats in Port Spinola. Spinola Bay, Malta
  • In the third quarter of 2023, total guests in collective accommodation establishments amounted to 662,593, up by 15.2 per cent reported in the corresponding period of 2022.
  • Total nights spent during the period under review reached 3,242,318, an increase of 10.5 per cent over quarter three of 2022.
  • During July-September 2023, the largest share of guest nights (48.9 per cent) was reported in 4-star hotels.
  • Net use of bed-places in the third quarter of this year increased by 5.4 percentage points to 77.9 per cent.
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