Algarve hotels over 93% full in August, better than 2019
The source markets that contributed most to the 93.1% occupancy rate per room achieved in August were Portugal, up 5.5 percentage points, and Ireland, up 1.1 percentage points.
The average occupancy per room in the Algarve was 93.1% in August, 0.2 and 12.0 percentage points above those recorded in the same period of 2019 and 2021, respectively, the main regional hotel association announced on Tuesday.
The Algarve Hotels and Tourism Developments Association (AHETA) revealed the occupancy figures for last month, and its president, Hélder Martins, highlighted that these figures improved on those that had been recorded in 2019, before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In provisional occupancy data for the previous month released by its research office, AHETA stressed that the “sales volume increased by 12.1% compared to the same month in 2019”.
“In August, the Algarve surpassed the figures of 2019, the best tourist year ever. This continues to see a recovery in the sector, after two terrible years due to the pandemic,” said the president of AHETA, quoted in the statement in which the business association’s research office revealed the provisional occupancy data for the previous month.
The source markets that contributed most to the 93.1% occupancy rate per room achieved in August were Portugal, up 5.5 percentage points, and Ireland, up 1.1 percentage points, AHETA said.
In contrast, those that “showed the biggest drops” were the “Spanish market (down 1.4 percentage points) and the German market (down 1.0 percentage points),” AHETA added.
Regarding occupancy by geographical areas, the same source located “the biggest rises” in the areas of “Lagos/Sagres (up 3.2 percentage points), Tavira (up 1.8) and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra (up 1.0)”.
“Albufeira, the Algarve’s main tourist area, recorded a rise of 0.4 percentage points compared to 2019,” AHETA, which is based in this municipality in the Faro district, also noted.