August in the Algarve had fewer tourists than in 2022 and 2019

Decreases, compared to 2019, occurred in traditionally strong places, such as Monte Gordo, Albufeira and Loulé

The average occupancy rate per room was 89,9% in August this year, below that seen in 2019 and 2022, according to provisional data from the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA). 

According to this entity, the rate is 3 percentage points (pp) below that of 2019 and 2,3 percentage points lower than last year.

«The markets that contributed most to the year-on-year decline were the Netherlands, Spanish, French and German», says AHETA.

The countries with the biggest increases were Ireland, the United States of America, Canada and Denmark.

«By geographic areas, the biggest increases compared to 2019 occurred in the areas of Lagos/ Sagres with 3,4pp, Lagoa/ Silves with 1,2pp; Portimão/ Monchique with 0,3pp», says AHETA.

Furthermore, the declines, compared to 2019, occurred in traditionally strong places, such as Monte Gordo (-3,8 pp), Albufeira (-3,99 pp) and Loulé (-3,3 pp).

«The average stay was 5,1 nights, which represents a decrease of 1,7% compared to 2019. The longest average stays were those in the Netherlands market with 6,5 nights followed by the United Kingdom market, with 6,1 nights", according to AHETA.

Pointed out as one of the reasons for the drop in the number of tourists, the truth is that, according to data from this association, the The national market had, in August, an occupancy similar to the level of 2019 (-0,1%).