Hotel bookings for Easter averaged over 70% of the amount of bookings during the same pre-pandemic 2019 period. This was revealed by Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association Tony Zahra who speaking to the Malta Independent.
Zahra revealed that 85% of the hotel guests were non-Maltese, with restaurant bookings also doing very well during this Easter period. The locality of the restaurants was a major factor in this, with Zahra saying that Gozitan restaurants had the majority of their customers being Maltese, whereas those in Bugibba saw mainly non-Maltese customers.
Zahra pointed to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions as being a main contributor to this improved situation, which he welcomed. Zahra expressed cautious optimism about the future, looking forward towards the removal of all restrictions.
When it came to Gozo, the domestic market was affected by unfavourable wind conditions. Gozo Tourism association CEO Joe Muscat said that this affected pre-made bookings. Easter has always been a busy period, leading to a domestic market increase for Gozo.
However, the market was not completely like pre-pandemic Easters. The foreign market in Gozo is slowly recovering but certain conditions, like the weather, cannot be accounted for.