Occupancy levels

Statistics for hotel occupancy levels in the Algarve for April have revealed that while some areas are buoyant, others appear to be struggling with reduced occupancy levels.

The results from AHETA, the Algarve association for hotels and tourism, have shown that overall hotel occupancy is down by 4.6 per cent compared to April 2008.

However, Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro have seen a drop of 31.1 per cent while Tavira levels have increased by 15.8 per cent.

A spokesman from the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra, which has a sister hotel in Carvoeiro, told the Algarve Resident: “Our levels are not down by as much as the statistics say, however they have certainly been affected by the building works. We believe that when the works are completed occupancy levels at both hotels will return to some sort of normality.

“Work outside the Hotel Garbe is due to be finished by the end of the month and we are sure that when it is all done, it is going to look wonderful here.”