Hoteliers expecting a record September
Hoteliers expect September to be another record month but October is still underperforming and might need some pushing," Tony Zahra, president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said this afternoon.
He made his comment as the MHRA presented the findings of its survey on performance in the second quarter of this year.
Tourist figures have been reaching record levels since April after having dipped in the first part of the year.
The MHRA Deloitte survey showed that compared to last year, tourist arrivals went up by 3.6 per cent, guest nights went up by 11.4 per cent and tourist spending rose by 7.7 per cent
Hotel occupancy in five star hotels was 78.5 per cent, in four star hotels, 77 per cent, and in three star 73. 5 per cent.
Aircraft seat capacity did not increase in the summer months, but seat utilization improved which produced a record number of arrivals.
The report found an increase in room rates when compared to the same period last year. Moreover, the gross operating profit per available room improved in each of the three hotel categories.