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Hotel occupancy stabilised

Hotel occupancy in the Algarve for January 2011 was at 24.3%, the same level as recorded in January 2010, according to the region’s hotel and tourism association (AHETA).

Levels in each of the geographical areas varied slightly on last year but these were considered to be minor changes by AHETA.

The area with the highest occupancy in January was Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António, which registered 57.8% occupancy, while Lagos and Sagres had the lowest levels at 16.9%.

A spokesman for AHETA said: “These figures show a level of recovery for the region, bucking the trend of recent occupancy level figures. Although it should be stated that the levels only apply to establishments that are open and the number that are closed this year has increased significantly in comparison to 2010.”