2,252,822: a good year for hotels

The pandemic has led to an increase in domestic tourism, with Maltese and Gozitans following the global trend of staycations.

The year 2023 was the best year for hotels in the Maltese islands when it comes to the number of customers who spent a night in them, with 2,252,822 people who used their services. This was an increase of more than 11% on the previous record reached in 2019, before the pandemic.

It is worth noting that, of these, 260,295 were local residents, which means that one in eight people who used the country’s hotels live here. In 2019, i.e. before the pandemic, 201,027 locals used hotels in our country, or fewer than one in ten people who had used local hotels. This indicates how the pandemic has led to an increase in domestic tourism, with Maltese and Gozitans following the global trend of staycations.

Even for Gozitan hotels, 2023 was the best year, as 108,104 people spent a night in them. This marked an increase of 9% compared to the previous record of 2019. Although compared to 2019, there are 25% more beds today, the level of occupancy in Gozitan hotels compares well with that of 2019, as an occupancy rate of 43% was reached. Hotels across the country saw a 5% increase in the number of beds according to figures from the National Statistics Office (NSO), demonstrating how much more investment is being made in the tourism industry in Gozo.

In 2023 on average hotel customers spent 4.4 nights in their stay, which means a decrease of about 0.5 nights compared to 2019. However, because the number of customers increased, the overall number of nights in which hotels were occupied was very similar to the pre-pandemic record. In both years, namely 2019 and 2023, customers spent 9.9 million nights in hotels. So, in 2023 the level of occupancy in hotels reached 62.2%.  

 All hotelsGozitan hotels
Number of customers2,252,822108,104
Number of nights9,892,838314,418
Level of occupancy62.2%43.1%
Number of beds44,6562,172
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