According to the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), the national market registered the smallest decrease (minus 58.7 percent), representing 82.7 percent of the total overnight stays in the Algarve in June.

According to AHETA, sales volume decreased by 81.2 percent in relation to the same month of the previous year, a drop caused by the effects of Covid-19 that began to affect the tourism sector as of March.

According to data provided by the association in the summary of the monthly evolution of activity in the sector, bed occupancy recorded in accumulated values since January this year, an average decrease of 66.7 percent and the volume of sales a decrease of 49.6 percent compared to the same period of 2019.

In the Algarve, 85 percent of hotels reopened in June or are now reopening, in early July, a number that is still encouraging - taking into account the sector’s forecasts at the beginning of the pandemic, which did not indicate that so many units would reopen this year.