Foreign Tourists Seen As “Saving” The Summer In The Algarve

"tourism algarve news"The tourism sector in the Algarve has seen a slight increase in hotel occupancy levels in comparison to last year and this small but significant increase is being hailed as a result of the foreign visitors who have chosen to holiday in the Algarve this summer.

Foreign tourists are being credited with saving the summer season in the Algarve according to the Association of Hotels and resorts in the Algarve (AHETA).

Elidérico Viegas, the president of AHETA, told the Portuguese news agency Lusa that the hotels in the Algarve were fuller this year than last with most of the visitors being from foreign countries.

The British, Dutch and Irish have been the nationalities seen most in the Algarve so far this summer with the increased numbers of these visitors offsetting the decline in the number of national Portuguese tourists and those from across the border in Spain who usually traditionally travel to the Algarve for their summer holidays.

According to Elderico Viegas the new figures for tourism in the Algarve show an increase in tourism of around 5%.

he said: “Normally you cannot grow at this sort of pace but the numbers have shown a rise in the external market with visitors from the UK, Netherlands and Ireland offsetting the decline in the Portuguese and Spanish markets.”

While the increase in the number of tourists in the Algarve can be seen as a positive factor for the region this does not necessarily translate to an increase in revenue as many of those coming to the Algarve have taken advantage of cut price and discount rooms in the region.

If the hotels are not seeing the direct benefit of the increase in occupation the local businesses may well be having a better time as more people visit local attractions such as Zoomarine, and water parks and eat out in local restaurants across the Algarve.

In July of this year the occupancy rate in hotels in the Algarve was at 81.6 percent up from 78.7 percent for the same period in 2012.

The areas of Sagres, Lagos and Albufeira have seen the highest increases in occupancy levels in the Algarve while the areas of Tavira, Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António, all in the east of the Algarve, have seen occupancy levels falling.

The hotel occupancy rates published by AHETA each month are used as a barometer by the tourism industry in the Algarve to show general trends in how the region is doing and this increase in tourists in hotels has been heralded as a very positive development for the Algarve which has in recent years struggled to compete with new European destinations, especially when it comes to attracting the family market.



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