British visitors continue to fall

January saw the number of British visitors staying in tourist accommodation in the region fall when compared to the same month in 2009. However, the number of national visitors heading south has increased.

According to the association for hotels and tourist developments of the Algarve (AHETA), the average hotel occupancy in the region last month was 24 per cent, 17.9 per cent lower than the same month in 2009.

British visitors fell most significantly by 36.1 per cent, followed by Dutch tourists with 13 per cent less and German visitors down 12.5 per cent when compared to January 2009. Good news was the announcement that the number of national tourists staying in accommodation in the Algarve was up by 14.7 per cent.

AHETA’s January figures also revealed that two star aparthotels registered higher occupancy levels, while four star accommodation was the least occupied.