In comparison to last year tourism in the Algarve this summer registered improvements in terms of nights spent, occupancy and revenue, and achieved “a good performance”, according to the regional tourism chief.
The affirmation was made based on figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) which will be officially made public on Monday by the President of the Regional Tourism Board (ERTA), Nuno Aires, during a seminar in Albufeira.
On Monday Nuno Aires is expected to give a general round-up of the results relating to tourist activity in the region from the months of June, July and August during the seminar which is being organised by the ERTA.
Following the theme ‘Algarve: Paths and Opportunities for Tourism Activity’ the meeting will also see the participation of State Secretary for Tourism Bernardo Trindade, and will sum up summer 2010 in the Algarve, Portugal’s main tourist destination.
“We can see from the figures released by the INE that, firstly, there has been a growth regarding the number of nights spent [by tourists in the region], occupancy and revenue”, revealed the head of the ERTA.
It transpires that some 3.8 million foreign tourists spent a night in officially-classified accommodation in the Algarve this summer, 4.7 percent more than in 2009, and an increase of almost 5.8 percent in the number of Portuguese spending a night in the region, taking the total to around six million visitors, an overall increase of 5.1 percent.
The Algarve Association for Hotels and Tourist Resorts (AHETA) will also supply statistics at the conference which reportedly support the ERTA’s announcement that this summer was better than last summer.
National airport management company ANA further lent support to the statistics having registered a rise of 3.6 million passengers processed by Faro Airport between January and August this year.
The INE indicates tourism-generated revenue from this summer was of around €291.8 million, nine percent more than in 2009.
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