Occupancy rates rose in July

Occupancy levels in tourist accommodation in the Algarve rose by 5.8 per cent last month, compared with July 2009.

According to provisional data released by AHETA, the region’s hotel accommodation and tourism association, the overall average occupancy rate in the region was 79.2 per cent.

The only fall was registered in the Lagos/Sagres area, by four per cent, and the remaining areas all increased year-on-year occupancy, particularly Portimão/Praia da Rocha, up 17.9 per cent, and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra up 10.9 per cent.The area of Monte Gordo/VRSA recorded the highest occupancy rate with 89.9 per cent, while Faro/Olhão recorded the lowest at 52.8 per cent.

By category, the main increases were recorded in resorts and four and five star holiday apartments, up 13.6 per cent, five star hotels and apartments up 9.7 per cent and four star hotels and apartments up seven per cent.

The number of Portuguese visitors to the Algarve increased by 20.1 per cent over July 2009, British visitors by 1.3 per cent and Dutch by 17.4 per cent.