Occupancy levels down in November

Average occupancy levels across the Algarve during November were at 24.4 percent, down by 5.7 percent in comparison to the same period last year according to data from the Algarve association of hotels and tourist accommodation (AHETA).

The Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra area saw the lowest levels of occupancy, reaching just 14.7% for the month, and was also the area that saw the greatest decrease in levels in comparison to November 2009, with a drop of 41.6% recorded.

The best levels in the region were found in Monte Gordo and Vila Real do Santo António at 66.1% occupancy, while also in the east of the region the numbers were more positive with an increase in levels of 21.8% in Faro and Olhão and a 12.3% increase in Tavira.

Hotels and apartments at the bottom end of the price scale saw a 23.7% increase for 2* accommodation with 3* dropping by 12.3% and 4* falling by 18.2%. British, Portuguese and Dutch tourist numbers were all down, by 23.9%, 37.6% and 15.1% respectively, but the number of German tourists rose by 42%.

A spokesman for AHETA said: “It must be noted that this data only takes into account the establishments that were open during November and not those that had closed for the season. Overall, the data has shown November 2010 to have the worst occupancy level results ever recorded.”