Occupancy per room in Algarve down 78.8% in January

Average occupancy per room in hotels in Portugal’s southern Algarve region stood at 7.6% in January – down 78.8% compared to the same period last year, according to the region’s  main hotel association.

The region’s sales volume was also 83.5% below what had been achieved in the previous year, the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) revealed.

The markets that saw the biggest drops were the Dutch market (91.7% less), the British (-91.0%) and the German (-85.4%), according to the AHETA.

The national market saw a less accentuated fall, standing at 51.1%, according to the provisional data for January.

Portugal had a booming tourism industry before the pandemic, attracting millions of tourists annually. The country implemented a second national lockdown on January 15.