British tourists on the up

Hotel occupancy figures released this week show that the number of British visitors to the Algarve in October increased year on year.

The association of hoteliers and tourism in the Algarve (AHETA) figures also show that the number of Portuguese visitors dropped by 26.6 per cent and Irish tourist numbers by 31 per cent for October 2010 compared to October 2009.

Overall, the occupancy rate in the Algarve during the month fell by 3.3 per cent to an average of 49.8 percent for the region, although there is a huge variation in occupancy levels across the Algarve.

In the west, towards Sagres and Lagos, occupancy rates fell by 17.3 per cent for October while the central Algarve recorded a drop of 6.2 per cent in the Golden Triangle and six per cent in the Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra areas.

Meanwhile, in the East of the region the numbers were far more positive, with Tavira recording an increase of 7.5 per cent and Faro/ Olhão seeing an increase of 15.7 per cent.