According to data from the Algarve Hotels and Tourism Association (AHETA), hotel occupancy rates look to hit 100% over the Easter period.
"Occupancy at Easter will approach one hundred percent and this year – also because Passover is late, and so this period marks the beginning of the so-called tourist season - we will not see such a sharp drop as happens when Easter is in March, for example, when a period of decline follows, with the tourist season beginning only later," Elidérico Viegas, president of the Algarve Hotels and Tourism Resorts Association (AHETA), told Lusa news agency.
“The prospects are more or less identical to those of last year", Viegas continued, recalling that a "decline in demand from the British market has been expected, in line with what has been going on in the last two years and since January." Meanwhile, there has also been "an increase in domestic demand by [Portuguese] nationals, which also characterises demand in this period."
Passenger numbers at airports in Portugal have also been increasing, with airport traffic up some 6.2% during the first quarter of 2019, when compared to the same period last year.
According to figures by Vinci Airports, owners of ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, passenger traffic in Portuguese airports rose 5.8% in the past 12 months to 55.9 million passengers.
"In Portugal, traffic growth was particularly sharp in Faro (+12.3%) and Porto (+9.5%), reflecting the country’s continuous popularity amongst foreign tourists", Vinci Airport said in a statement.