Hotel occupancy up 9.2% in November

Hotel occupancy up 9.2% in November

Hotels and guesthouses in the Algarve saw occupancy rates increase 9.2% this November compared to the same time last year, thanks to more Portuguese (+25.5%) and British tourists (+7.9%) opting to spend out-of-season holidays.
According to the latest data from the Algarve hoteliers association AHETA, the region’s occupancy levels were placed at 36.1%. And although Faro/Olhão (+9.5 percentage points), Tavira (+9.2pp) and Portimão/ Praia da Rocha (+8.4pp) were the most sought areas, Monte Gordo/Vila Real de Santo António registered the highest number of bookings (63.9%).
Data elsewhere shows that five and four-star establishments enjoyed the highest occupancy levels (44.1%) while three-star units had the lowest (31.1%).
Business volume for hotels units increased 10.4% compared to November 2013.
Algarve woos Sevillanos
Meantime, the Algarve tourism board (RTA) has announced that one in every 10 people from Seville chose the Algarve as their holiday destination in 2014.
Tourism boss Desidério Silva believes it is the result of the RTA’s “partnership” with the Spanish city’s Diputación Provincial, referring to a agreement signed by the two entities last year.
Silva gave the news after yet another promotional campaign in Seville on December 2 involving 100 businessmen and travel writers.