Algarve hotel bookings for February reach nine-year high

February saw Algarve hotel bookings reach a nine-year high.

Data from regional hotelier association AHETA shows nearly half (48.3%) of the Algarve’s hotel rooms were booked in February – a 5.8% increase compared to figures for last year. It is also the highest percentage since 2008.

British, Swedish, French and Portuguese tourists were up, but Dutch and Germans were down on 2016’s visitor numbers.

Further data shows that Albufeira, Tavira and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra were the areas where the number of bookings grew the most, while there were fewer rooms booked in Monte Gordo/VRSA and Lagos/Sagres.

Business volume at hotels also increased 14.2%, AHETA says.

It adds that bookings have grown 7.3% in the last 12 months.