Algarve hotel occupancy up 2.1% in April

The Algarve’s hotels and guesthouses had a better April in 2015 than the same month last year, with occupancy levels reaching 56.2%.

The 2.1% increase was mostly due to more German (+0.4 percentage points) and French tourists (+0.3pp) visiting the region, according to data from the Algarve hoteliers association AHETA.

Monte Gordo/VRSA registered the highest occupancy rate (68.7%), while Portimão/Praia da Rocha was surprisingly the disappointment of the month with the lowest level (39.9%).

Lagos/Sagres (+6.9pp), Albufeira (+2.6pp) and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra (+1.9pp) were the areas with the most significant increases compared to last year, AHETA says.

Intriguingly, data shows that top-notch five-star establishments accounted for the lowest occupation levels of the Algarve (43.4%), with more middle-of-the-road three-star hotels reaping the benefits (64.3%).

In fact, AHETA reveals that three-star aparthotels and hotels registered the largest occupancy increase (+3.8pp).