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Algarve tourism board reveals mixed results

PASSENGER NUMBERS at Faro airport are down, the number of British hotel occupants has fallen and the number of Irish nationals flying into Faro has dropped – but it is not all doom and gloom in the tourism sector as a report by Turismo do Algarve has shown.

There are actually many statistics to be celebrated in the resumé. Although the total number of passengers at Faro airport has fallen by 4.9 per cent during September in comparison to the same period last year, almost 400,000 Britons used the airport during the month.

The global economic crisis is predicted to affect the tourism industry yet the number of passengers from Holland increased by 9.2 per cent during September, showing there is still significant strength in some sectors of the market.

Despite British hotel occupancy being down by 18.4 per cent in August, the number of Portuguese, Dutch and Irish occupants all rose leading to an overall increase of 0.5 per cent in hotel occupancy in the Algarve through August.

The statistics have also shown that golf remains as popular as ever in the region, with almost 100,000 rounds being played in September, an increase from September 2007 of 1.4 per cent.

Other information also revealed April to be the month in 2008 with the fewest passengers at Faro airport and the lowest number of people staying in hotels while the busiest month for a round of golf was October.

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