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More tourists and less income in the Algarve

Algarve hotels had more customers in May, compared with the same month in 2010, but the revenue fell due to lower prices.

According to data revealed by AHETA, the association of hotels and resorts in the Algarve, the overall average occupancy rate per room last month stood at 56.9%, which is an increase of 3.6% in comparison to last year. By geographical areas, the largest falls were recorded in Vilamoura/Quarteira/Quinta do Lago (-10.8%) and Lagos/Sagres (-12.3%).

The biggest increases occurred in Portimão/Praia da Rocha (+16.8%), Tavira (+17.3%) and Albufeira (+5.7%).

The area of Portimão/Praia da Rocha recorded the highest occupancy rate with 65%, while Carvoeiro / Armacao de Pêra recorded the lowest with 37.8%.

According to AHETA, despite the increase of occupancy rates, income fell by 8.1%, as prices are lower this year.