Three star hotels most popular

Hotel occupancy levels in the Algarve in January were down by eight per cent compared to 2008 according to the Algarve association for hotels and tourism (AHETA).

The average level of occupancy for January was 28.8 per cent, with the Lagos area seeing the largest fall compared to last year with a drop in occupancy of 28 percent while Albufeira was down by almost 20 per cent.

According to the statistics, the hardest hit types of accommodation were four star hotels and aparthotels with 24 per cent fewer clients.

However, three star accommodation saw an increase of 43.6 per cent.

The British remain the predominant tourist nationality in the Algarve at 36.3 per cent with the Dutch making up 14 per cent of the total number of tourists in the region in January.

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