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Dutch and German tourists in higher numbers

Algarve’s overall occupancy level during May was 55.2%, down by 3.7% in comparison to the same month in 2011, according to data accumulated by AHETA, the region’s hotels and tourist resorts association.

The most significant decreases were from the British, Irish and Spanish markets, with -4.3%, -8.2% and -12% respectively. However, Dutch and German tourists were up by 25.1% and 14.6% respectively.

Geographically, the Portimão – Praia da Rocha (-11.4%) and Lagos to Sagres (-1.7%) areas registered the highest falls, while occupancy rises were reported in Carvoeiro-Armação de Pêra (+24.4%) and Vilamoura-Quarteira-Quinta do Lago (+8.7%%) areas.

Albufeira, Algarve’s favoured tourist destination, recorded a 3.3% increase in May on the same month last year.

The area registering the highest occupancy rate was Vilamoura-Quarteira-Quinta do Lago with 69.1%, while Lagos-Sagres saw the lowest rate with 44.6%.

Three star accommodation recorded the highest decrease in guests, -41.3%, while five star hotel units and aparthotels registered the highest increase with 67.7%.

Total business volume was down 1.2% on last year.