Algarve has 23 hotel projects in pipeline

Thirteen new hotels are due to be built in the Algarve, while another 10 are being given costly makeovers.

So says independent magazine Confidencial Imobiliário, which based the news on the number of energy certificates granted to regional hotel projects by energy agency (ADENE).

Six of the projects involve hotels of at least four-star status, two in Lagos and the others in Lagoa, Loulé, Portimão and Silves.

A number “have existed for a long time”, Algarve tourism boss Desidério Silva told Correio da Manhã tabloid – stressing it does not mean they will move forwards any time soon.

He added that “caution is needed when talking about new (hotel) projects,” especially at a time when many cannot book more than 65% of their rooms.

“What we want is quality and diversity, not just a large number of hotels,” Silva said.

Elidérico Viegas from hotelier association AHETA was more positive, saying that 2017 will be a year of growth for the sector and that there is always “room for new hotels”.

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