Speaking to Lusa, the president of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), João Fernandes, said that at Easter the Algarve is expected to reach an occupancy rate of over 90%, stressing that the month of April, as a whole, should record occupancy rates per room between 65 and 70%.

The president of the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), Hélder Martins, estimated that the sector has an occupancy of around 70% during Easter, which represents an increase of 3% over the same period from 2022.

“The perspective we have is to go very close to 70% over the Easter weekend, which corresponds to an increase of 3% compared to 2022”, said Hélder Martins.

For João Fernandes, 2023 will be “a year of records” in the sector, which is also due to the effort made in promoting the region, which has shown “successive records of passengers” disembarking at Faro airport, which now has 18 new routes, two of which start operating on Monday, one to Rome (Italy) and the other to Aahrus (Denmark).

“There are also several new features that the destination now has, in terms of connections, which correspond to a joint effort by Turismo do Algarve, Turismo de Portugal and ANA Aeroportos, and which translate into over 335,000 seats for the summer”, he quantified.