The occupancy per quarter of tourist resorts in the Algarve was, in July, 87.7%, 4.3 percentage points more than the value reached in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Algarve surpassed, in July, the numbers of 2019, the best tourist year ever. Thus, the sector continues to recover, after two terrible years, due to the pandemic”, highlighted the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA).

The Algarve business association released, in a statement, data on average occupancy per room recorded in July in hotels and developments in the region and specified that, in addition to the increase of 4.3 percentage points compared to the same period of 2019, there was an increase of “37.5 percentage points compared to 2021”.

“Sales volume increased by 17.2% compared to the same month of 2019”, quantified AHETA.

The association explained that, “in accumulated terms, since the beginning of the year, the room occupancy rate has dropped by 6.2% compared to 2019”, but represents “an increase of 194% compared to 2021”.

The markets that emit tourists that “contributed the most to the increase seen” in July were “the national market (plus 4.3 percentage points) and the North American market (plus 1.1 percentage points)”, specified AHETA.

In contrast, the data compiled by the Algarve association's research office attribute “the biggest drops” to the “British market (2.2 percentage points less) and the German market (1.8 percentage points less)”.

“By geographical areas, the biggest increases occurred in Vilamoura/Quarteira/Quinta do Lago (up 13.1 percentage points), Monte Gordo/Vila Real de Santo António (up 9.4 percentage points) and Carvoeiro/Armação de Pêra (plus 9.1 percentage points)”.

AHETA also indicated that “Albufeira, the main tourist area in the Algarve, registered an occupation identical to that seen in 2019”, but without quantifying the value.