During the month of October 2011 more than 470,000 British tourists stayed in hotels in the Algarve; more than three times as many than the next largest group of foreign visitors that month, the Germans.
That month, just under 350,000 Brits flew into the Algarve’s Faro Airport. A total of 348,248 British citizens were registered as having arrived at the airport in October 2011, up 9.8 percent in relation to figures from the same month in 2010.
The majority of them chose to fly with Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, which carried a total of 165,380 passengers from the UK. The airline’s British counterpart Easyjet flew 109,185 Brits to the Algarve that month, having lost 6.1 percent of passengers when compared to numbers from October 2010.
Rival low-cost airline Jet2.com showed the biggest growth in passenger figures, having carried 35,225 British passengers from the UK to the Algarve, up 36.4 percent on the month’s figures from the year before.
Overall, 602,788 passengers arrived at Faro Airport in October 2011, and comfortably more than half of them – 348,248 – were Brits. Interestingly, Spanish air passengers grew by 32.8 percent, in comparison to October 2010.
The Brits also outweighed the number of other nationalities who stayed in a hotel in the Algarve during that month. In total 92,486 British citizens checked into the Algarve’s hotels – nearly a third of the 265,056 total guests – in comparison to 60,865 Portuguese, 26,438 Germans and 17,620 Dutch.
In fact on the whole there were fewer German tourists in October 2011 than the year before. Official statistics show that 19.8 fewer Germans flew in to Faro airport that month than in 2010; the number of nights they spent in the Algarve’s hotels fell by 3.6 percent and overall there were 12.1 percent fewer Germans staying in the hotels.
Generally speaking, Faro’s passenger figures from that month were up by a global 6.1 percent, in comparison to October 2010; the region’s hotels were 7.5 percent fuller, 5.7 percent more nights were spent in the Algarve (a total of 1.17 million nights), and 3.8 percent more revenue was taken. In total hotels took €42.9 million in revenue that month, €27.8 million of which was raised through accommodation.
According to the Algarve Golf Association more rounds of golf were played in October last year too, when compared to the same month of the year before.
A total of 131,189 rounds of golf were played on region’s greens that month, 4.1 percent more than the year before.
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