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Hotel occupancy up but turnover down

Data provided by the region’s hotel accommodation and tourism association (AHETA) has shown that hotel occupancy rates were up by 2.5% in June compared with the same period in 2010.

Five star accommodation had seen the greatest rise in popularity, increasing by 11.1% but the majority of people staying in hotels and apart-hotels in the Algarve continue to opt for four star accommodation (69.7%).

While there may be more people staying in the Algarve this year, AHETA points out that the turnover created from hotel occupancy has actually fallen by 3%.

A spokesman for AHETA said: “The fact that the turnover does not reflect the increase in occupancy rates is an indication that the prices in the Algarve have fallen.”

The overall occupancy rate was registered at 67.3%, with the highest levels recorded in the Monte Gordo area at 73.6% and the lowest being in the Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra areas, where occupancy was 51.5%.

The Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra area also saw one of the largest falls in occupancy, with numbers dropping by 12.7% in comparison to June 2010 while Tavira saw the largest increase with 14% more people occupying hotel rooms in June 2011 compared to the same period last year.