Hotel occupancy in the Algarve is low in March and Easter is to blame

The occupancy rate of hotel units in the Algarve dropped 1,4 percent in March, compared to the same month in […]

The occupancy rate of hotel units in the Algarve dropped 1,4 percent in March, compared to the same month last year. Occupancy was 54,2 percent, according to data released today by AHETA – Association of Hotels and Touristic Enterprises of the Algarve.

The association emphasizes, however, that the descent can be justified by the fact that Easter, in 2016, was celebrated in the third month of the year.

According to AHETA, the markets that most opposed the decline were the German (+1,6pp) and the French (+0,7pp) and the main declines were registered among the Portuguese (-2,2pp), Spanish (- 1,7pp) and Dutch (-1,2pp).

By geographical areas, the biggest increases occurred in Tavira (+9,5pp) and Faro / Olhão (+3,4pp). The main declines were in Vilamoura / Quarteira / Quinta do Lago (-9,1pp) and Albufeira (-3,3pp).

In addition to the lower occupancy rate, sales volume also decreased 1,3 percent during the month.

Even so, «in accumulated terms, since the beginning of the year, the room occupancy rate has increased by 4,4%», concludes AHETA.

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