Worst December on record

Occupancy levels in the Algarve during December 2010 were the worst ever for that month, according to AHETA, the Algarve hotels and resorts association.

Overall occupancy levels for hotels, apartments and aparthotels registered 22.4%, a drop of 3.7% in comparison to the same period during 2009, with the worst hit areas being the Golden triangle, where levels dropped by 39.1%, and Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra, where numbers were down by 25.7%.

While Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra saw a large fall in occupancy they were also the areas which saw the lowest numbers of visitors with only 15.4% of hotels and apartments being filled over the month. However, Monte Gordo was the busiest area with 50.5% occupancy.

Again the numbers of Portuguese and British visitors fell, with national tourists down by 19.6% and Britons down by 28.1%, but the number of Dutch visitors to the region rose by 25.8% during December.

A spokesman from AHETA said: “These are the worst results ever for the month of December and it must also be noted that the numbers only relate to establishments and operations that were open during the month.”