Algarve’s overall occupancy level during July was 78.5%, down slightly in comparison to the same month in 2011 (78.7%), according to data accumulated by AHETA, the region’s hotels and tourist resorts association.
The most significant decrease was from the Spanish market (-24.5%), however the British and Dutch markets were up 9.4% and 14.6% respectively.
Geographically, the Carvoeiro-Armação de Pêra and Albufeira areas registered the highest falls (-4.4% and -3.3% respectively), while occupancy rises were reported in Vilamoura-Quarteira-Quinta do Lago (+5.4%), Portimão-Praia da Rocha (+4.8%) and Montegordo-VRSA (+4.7%) areas.
The area registering the highest occupancy rate was Montegordo-Vila Real de Santo António with 82.7%%. Faro-Olhão saw the lowest rate with 62%.
Three-star accommodation and four and five star-tourist complexes and apartments recorded the highest decrease in guests, -2.6%, and -0.6% respectively. Three-star tourist complexes and apartments and five-star hotels and aparthotels registered the highest increases with +4.2% and +2.8% respectively.
Two-star hotels and aparthotels recorded the lowest occupancy rates (64.6%) and four and five-star resorts and tourist apartments registered the highest occupancy levels with 83.4%.
Total business volume was down 7.3% on last year.