During the month of September, the Algarve’s hotels were still enjoying progressive growth, which consolidated their position as the country’s number one holiday destination.
That month alone the region notched up close to 2.3 million overnight stays and €137.8 million in revenue, according to new figures released this week from the National Statistics Institute (INE).
In total, since the beginning of the year, from January to September the Algarve registered more than 16 million overnight stays and nearly €900 million in revenue.
In comparison to last September, this year the Algarve enjoyed more guests, who spent more while on holiday and on their holiday accommodation.
Desidério Silva, head of the RTA regional tourism board, said: “The Algarve’s tourist activity continues to stand out on the national panorama. If we look back, we see a gradual increase in the main indicators of tourism activity, evidence of a sustainable growth of tourism in the Algarve and a progressive blurring of the seasonality of the destination.”
Figures also go some way towards proving any feared consequences of Brexit have not yet been felt, as stays by Britons also rose 2.8 percent nationally since the start of the year.
Also, according to the INE, in September “the German market climbed back up to the position of second most relevant, increasing by 4.2 percent. In the period from January to September this market grew 7.7 percent.”