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British and Irish tourists back in droves

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The British and Irish are back on the Algarve’s beaches as hotel occupancy rates for April increased 60.4% like-for-like on 2021.

However, despite more optimistic figures which showed that UK and Eire visitors were once again prepared to dip their toes in the water, figures were still considerably down on the numbers seen in the record bumper year of 2019.
According to statistics released by the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), the average total room takeup was 60.4%, 73% down on the same period in 2019.
Compared to 2021 the average occupancy in April rose 650%, while the sales value was up 775% and 5% on the same period in 2019.
However, AHETA states that online sales did not include the payment of respective commissions which influences the year-on-year increase in sales volume and, therefore, the prices charged”.
The UK and Irish markets enjoyed the most significant increases compared to 2019. Significant falls were experienced from the German and domestic markets.


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