Algarve hotels celebrate best September since 2000

The Algarve’s hotel sector celebrated its best September since 2000.

According to the region’s hotelier association (AHETA), 89.2% of the Algarve’s hotel rooms were booked last month, up 1.9% compared to last year and the highest percentage in 17 years.

The positive results were helped by a substantial increase in the number of German holidaymakers (17.7%) and an increase in the number of tourists from other markets such as Poland, Belgium, Ireland, France, Sweden, Denmark and Italy.

The downside was that there were fewer Portuguese (-7.6%) and British (-2.3%) staying at regional hotels.

Data also shows that Monte Gordo/Vila Real de Santo António (+6.2%), Albufeira (+3.7%) and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra (+3%) were where bookings grew the most.

Business volume at regional hotel also grew 7.2%.

Taking the first nine months of 2017 into account, hotel bookings in the Algarve have increased 2.2% compared to the same period last year.

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