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More positive news for the Algarve

Another set of statistics has shown that the Algarve looks to be back on track with tourism as results released by the National Institute for Statistics (INE) show the Algarve received an extra of 535,000 overnight stays in the first six months of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010.

The INE statistics also show that the cumulative total of overnight stays between January 2011 and June 2011 was 5.6 million, an increase of 10.5% compared to January to June in 2010.

The overnight stays in the first six months of the year in the Algarve represent total revenue of more than €197 million for hotel establishments, an increase by 5.9% compared to the same period last year.

Also up is the number of guests, which increased by 6.1% to 1.27 million in the first half of 2011.

These latest figures reinforce those presented by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK which showed that British visitor numbers in 2011 had risen to 1,685,000 in 2011 compared to 1,629,000 in 2010.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese tourism board also reported positive tourism figures earlier in the month which showed that the number of passengers using Faro airport was up by 6.4% in May 2011 compared to May 2010.