Algarve hotel bookings bounce 4.4% in May

More and more people are choosing the Algarve’s hotels for their holidays, with figures for May showing a positive bounce of 4.4% on last year.

Data from hoteliers’ association AHETA shows that most of the new visitors in May were German (+1.9%), followed by Brits (+0.9pp).

The influx saw 64.6% of hotels booked in what is traditionally still the Algarve’s ‘low season’.

The most popular destinations were Vilamoura/Quarteira/Quinta do Lago (71.8%), while Tavira was the least popular, with hotels showing a little over half their rooms booked.

Monte Gordo/VRSA (+14.3pp) and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra (+14.2pp) stood out as being the places that enjoyed the largest ‘bounce’ in visitor numbers.

The news was doubly good for the lower end of the market, with three-star hotels and aparthotels registering a 72.4% occupation level, although three-star holiday complexes and apartments recorded a lower rate (52.3%).

Delighting in figures and comparisons that would make many cross-eyed, AHETA revealed that business in hotels also increased 5.3%, compared to May 2014.