Tourism recession could be over

news: Tourism recession could be over

THE NUMBER of rounds played on the Algarve’s golf courses this year could exceed one million for the first time ever, representing an increase of around 10 per cent against figures recorded in 2004.

The announcement, which is based on data collected over the first eight months of this year, has prompted Hélder Martins, president of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), to state that the recession suffered by the tourism sector over the past four years could be over.

“The results have surpassed our highest expectations. The Algarve’s tourism industry registered positive results, recording an increase in occupation levels, hotel income, rounds of golf and numbers of passengers arriving at Faro airport, as well as more and more people taking cruises from the port of Portimão,” explained Hélder Martins.