Hotel occupancy rates climb even with more beds available

Despite over 73,000 Maltese residents using hotels, domestic tourism accounted for only 2% of total hotel activity.

In the first quarter of 2024 there were 494,712 persons who spent at least one hotel night in Malta. This meant a 20% increase on the number recorded a year ago.

Despite over 73,000 Maltese residents using hotels, domestic tourism accounted for only 2% of total hotel activity. In contrast to Malta, Gozo’s hotels saw a much higher domestic tourism rate of 65%. This is because, out of 17,500 hotel guests in Gozo, nearly 11,500 were Maltese residents.

Despite a 12% increase in available beds, hotel occupancy in Malta jumped from 45% last year to 49%, a 20% increase in nights spent. This translates to nearly 2 million total guest nights.

Gozitan hotels saw a significant jump in guest nights (28% increase), nearly double the rise in tourist arrivals (15%). This suggests longer stays, likely due to Gozo’s popularity for domestic weekend getaways, as the average visit still remains just over two nights.

Gozo’s hotel occupancy climbed to 25%, a three percentage point increase, despite a minimal rise of only 3%)in available beds.

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