Record-breaking year for tourism?

Dear Editor,
I’ve worked in the hotel business for over 40 years – practically my whole life – and for the last three have spent six months sitting at home as the hotel I work for closes for the winter.

In all my life in tourism, never before have I seen so many hotels closing down in the Algarve. And yet the government continues to toot its own horn, going on about how 2014 was a “record-breaking year” for tourism?

Maybe the statistics show improvements, but the social reality of the situation is much graver than what the government is letting on…

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