Between January and June, the Algarve received 9.3% more guests than in the same period of 2018, representing an additional 3.3% of overnight stays and a 7.9% increase in total revenues, according to the National Institute. Statistics
According to the data, released this Tuesday by Turismo de Portugal, in the first six months of the year, the Algarve region visited 2.17 million guests, a total of 8.62 million overnight stays, representing a financial return of 431 million euros.
The domestic market contributed to this growth with an increase of 12.8% in guests (out of 592 thousand) over the same period of 2018 and 11.3% in overnight stays (out of 1.70 million).
Foreign tourists grew by 8% in number of guests (totaling 1.58 million) and 1.5% in overnight stays (6.91 million overnight stays).
Contrary to the results of the last two years, the British market grew by 6.8% in the number of guests (548.6 thousand) and 1.9% in overnight stays (total of 2.64 million). Portugal.
“When analyzing overnight stays, this was indeed the main foreign market for tourism performance in the region, followed by Germany (with 833,700 overnight stays) and the Netherlands (with 603,300 overnight stays),” he adds.
Turismo de Portugal also highlights the “contribution of the Italian market, which saw a significant increase of 61.5% in the number of guests (total of 32.2 thousand) and 62% in overnight stays (total of 99.1 thousand)” .
“Also relevant was the growth of emerging markets such as Brazil, which increased by 30.6% in the number of guests (total of 34.3 thousand) and 34.4% in overnight stays (total of 87 thousand), and the United States. of America with a growth of 14.6% in the number of guests (total of 42.3 thousand) and 12.4% in overnight stays (total of 111.4 thousand), ”said the statement.
The growth was also registered in the airport flow, with 6.6% more, in a total of 2.01 million passengers landed at Faro airport.
For the president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), João Fernandes, this is good news that “translates into higher income growth than demand, as well as the commitment of public and private operators to strengthen the Algarve as a tourist destination”.
The official stressed the joint work to “be able to maintain a good performance in the British market”, despite the uncertainty generated by Brexit.
João Fernandes also highlighted the effort to achieve growth in key issuing markets such as Brazil and the United States, "reflecting the effectiveness of the ongoing market diversification plans."
Speaking to Lusa, the president of the Algarve Hotels and Resorts Association (AHETA), Elidérico Viegas, was more cautious and said that, despite the “significant reversal in demand reduction in the British market” in the first half, There has been a drop in "the German and Dutch markets" and we need to understand what the "high season" will be like.
AHETA has raised concerns about the so-called high season, as provisional figures may counteract the hikes in the early months of the year.
July and August are, par excellence, the months of tourism in the Algarve and a decline in this period has “far greater” effects than the rises of the first months of the year, which “do not contribute much to the companies' bottom line,” warned the Algarve hoteliers.
The change in British policy towards Brexit is also a concern for the hotel association, as an exit without agreement will have a bearing on the pound's relation to the euro and “a loss of competitiveness in the Algarve supply” which, coupled with a “downward trend”. Dutch and German markets could be detrimental to Algarve tourism, warned Elidérico Viegas.