Francisco Calheiros, president of the Portuguese Tourism Confederation, says that "there are already many cancellations, especially in the Algarve" and guarantees that "every hour that passes is dramatic."
In the middle of the 'high season', many hotel units are receiving requests for cancellation of the reservations, thanks to the fuel crisis and the uncertainty that has been experienced in recent days.
These days, hotels in the Algarve region have occupancy rates close to the limit and are the area most affected by cancellations. The reservation platform Booking refuses to comment on the topic but ensures that they are having a "greater flow of calls" in the customer support line, as verified by the JE during a telephone contact for this line.
The top CTP representative appeals to the Government to "exercise his magistracy" and is extremely apprehensive about the next few hours. "We have to sit at the table and resolve this dramatic situation. I wonder if there will be food in supermarkets tomorrow? How are they going to be fueled? "He asks.