The hotel industry in the Algarve recorded in December an average occupancy rate per room of 14.5%, the lowest value ever, announced today the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA).
The president of AHETA, Elidérico Viegas, told the Lusa agency that "2020 was the worst year ever for Algarve tourism, with the drop occurring in all tourist-emitting markets".
“There is no memory of such a bad year, where external demand registered global declines of 75% and turnover fell by around 900 million euros, due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus that started to affect the tourism sector from March 2020 ”, indicated the responsible.
According to data provided by the association, in the summary of the monthly evolution of activity in the sector, the approximately 80 accommodation units that remained in operation in December in the region registered a drop of 60.7% compared to the same period in 2019 .
According to AHETA, the markets that contributed most to the decline were the Dutch with less 83.3% of tourists, followed by the British (-79.6%), German (-58.4%) and the national market (-37 %).
In December, the volume of sales followed the decline in occupation, registering a drop of 62.3% in relation to the same month of the previous year.
The bed occupancy registered in accumulated values since January 2020, an average decrease of 56.8% and the volume of sales a decrease of 58.5% in relation to the same period of 2019.
According to the association's data, in accumulated terms during the year 2020, there were less 15.3 million overnight stays in the more than 400 accommodation units officially classified in the Algarve, with the turnover recorded a drop of more than 800 million euros.
In 2020, external demand fell by 75.1%, which represents 14.2 million fewer nights and 3.2 million fewer guests, with domestic demand down 21.2% (less 1.1 million nights and less 280 thousand guests).
In the Algarve, most accommodation units closed in March, with 85% of hotels reopened in early July and only 20% remained in operation in December due to the covid-19 pandemic.