Hotel occupancy and turnover fell again in April in the Algarve

The hotel occupancy rate in the Algarve fell 10,8% in April, compared to the same month last year, while […]

The hotel occupancy rate in the Algarve dropped 10,8% in April, compared to the same month last year, while the fall was even greater in the volume of business, with 17,4% less.

The data are from the Algarve Hotels and Tourism Enterprises Association (AHETA), which reveals that the overall average occupancy rate/room was 46,2%.

By nationality, the main declines were registered in the domestic (-34,9%), German (-26,2%) and Spanish (-11,2%) markets. On the other hand, the most important increases were seen in the Irish (+34,9%) and Dutch (+29,1%) markets.

By geographical area, Portimão/Praia da Rocha (less 24,1%), Vilamoura/Quarteira/Quinta do Lago (-22,5%), Lagos/Sagres (-17,9%) and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra (- 14,0%) were the ones that registered the biggest decreases. Albufeira, the main tourist area in the Algarve, registered a decrease in its hotel occupancy of 4,4% last April.

Even so, there were rises, albeit milder and registered in Faro/Olhão (+9,5%) and VRSA/Monte Gordo (+ 2,7%).

The VRSA zone/Monte Gordo, as usual, had the highest average occupancy rate (57,4%), while Lagos/Sagres had the lowest, with 32,6%.

By category, the biggest decreases were registered in tourist villages and apartments of 5 and 4*. On the other hand, 2* Hotels and Aparthotels had the biggest increases in occupancy.

The 5 and 4* tourist villages and apartments were also the ones with the lowest occupancy (37,3%). 4* hotels and aparthotels had the highest occupancy (53,1%).

AHETA also considers that the drop in the total turnover, which was 17,4% less than in the same period of the previous year, "shows the reduction in prices charged" by hotels in the Algarve.