Algarve: Hotel Occupancy in December Reaches Highest Level in 20 Years

7 January 2019

The per room occupancy rate in hotels in the Algarve reached 34% in December, one of the highest figures for the month in the last 20 years, according to provisional data released today by AHETA.

The average total hotel occupancy rate per room was 1.1 percentage points higher than in December 2017, due to growth in the French, German and British markets, according to the Algarve Association of Hotels and Tourism Enterprises (AHETA).

The figure is one of the highest for the same month in the last 20 years, though still below the 35.5% recorded in December 2016, according to AHETA.

According to the largest local association in the sector, the rise was mainly due to visits by the French (up 18.5%), German (+10.2%) and British (+9.3%).

The Dutch market showed the biggest fall (-18.8%), capping the rise, AHETA noted.

Since the beginning of the year, the hotel occupancy rate per room has declined by 1.1% and turnover has increased by 3.7%. The volume of sales also rose by 11.2% over the same period.

Original Story: Notícias ao Minuto / Lusa

Translation: Richard Turner