The number of British visitors staying in tourist accommodation in the Algarve in January fell by more than 36 per cent compared to the same month in 2009.
Figures released by the regional association for hotels and tourist developments (AHETA) show that the number of British, as well as Dutch and German, visitors staying in tourism accommodation is once again lower than previous years.
National tourism, however, increased by 20.9 per cent.
Meanwhile, the average hotel and tourist accommodation occupancy in the region in January was 24.2 per cent, some 16.4 per cent lower than during the same month in 2009.
Areas which registered the greatest fall in occupancy include Monte Gordo, Carvoeiro, Sagres and Albufeira. Tavira was the only council which registered an increase, up 10.6 per cent.