Portugal Golf Holidays – Azores break tourism records

Azores. Tourism in the Azores is breaking records

Tourism keeps growing in the Azores

According to SREA’s report, in March 2023, 130,902 passengers disembarked at airports in the Azores, a positive variation of 22.9% compared to the same month in the previous year.

In March 2019, with 109,510 people arriving, the Azores set a new monthly record, a 19.5% rise compared to the previous year. This year, the record has been broken.

SREA also reports that, compared to March 2022, fewer passengers disembarked on three of the nine islands of the Azores. The reductions occurred on the islands of Flores (-16.0%), followed by Corvo (-2.4%) and Graciosa (-1.8%).

There was a 36.5% jump in March disembarkations on the islands of São Miguel and Faial, followed by a 25.7% jump on São Jorge. There was also an increase in the number of passengers in Santa Maria (9.9%), Terceira (1.1%), and Pico (nearly 0.1%).

At airports in the region, 9,913 passengers got off of foreign flights, which is a significant rise of 62.5% over the same time last year.

In March, there was a 28.7% rise in the number of passengers that flew between the islands, totaling 52,723.

The region of the Azores has 3 stunning golf courses, ready to give you memorable golf rounds. Two of them are located in the island of São Miguel, while the other is based in Terceira Island.

The Azores are an ideal destination for golf holidays, due to the beautiful golf courses, the great hotels, the authentic gastronomy and the unforgettable natural landscapes, unique in the world.

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Spain Golf Holidays – More overnight stays and foreign golf tourists in Huelva

El Rompido North. Golf tourism is growing in Huelva

Golf tourism is growing in Huelva

The golf sector in Huelva, in Costa de la Luz, reported a 48.88% rise in overnight stays and a 31.29% increase in foreign travellers in February compared to the same month in 2022, confirming its deseasonalizing role.

The Huelva Golf Course Association, a member of the Tourism Business Circle, has favourably judged these data, released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which support the increase attached to promoting this sector, which is so essential for Huelva.

“A good scenario was in sight for this segment for this year as a result of the first contacts kept with international operators (European market)”, according to a statement. The scenario has been confirmed by the data obtained in the first months of 2023.

Initial expectations have been exceeded, according to January statistics showing a 72.96% increase in hotel accommodations and a 67.42% increase in foreign visitors.

From a financial standpoint, the industry is still having the same problems it did this time last year due to the “disproportionate” increase in production and operating costs that pretty much every activity is experiencing.

Thus, “we find ourselves with the only segment that actively and certainly complements the development of the tourist activity linked to the holiday segment, and is effective in terms of the fight against persistent seasonality that it suffers from”, the Association concluded after considering the available data.

Huelva is home to stunning golf courses like El Rompido North and South, often considered among the finest golf courses in the Costa de la Luz region.

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Portugal Golf Holidays – Algarve tourism sector expects a busy Easter

Lagos, Algarve. Algarve tourism sector expects a busy Easter

The Algarve tourism sector has good forecasts for this Easter

Hotels in the Algarve have reported great demand for the Easter break, and this trend is expected to continue into the summer.

João Fernandes, head of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), predicted that the region will have accommodation occupancy rates of at least 90% around Easter, and he added that April as a whole should see occupancy rates of 65% to 70%.

Hélder Martins, president of the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), sees an occupancy per room of around 70% during Easter, an increase of 3% in hotel occupancy compared to the same time in 2022.

João Fernandes expects 2023 to be a year of records in the sector due to the region’s marketing, which has resulted in successful records of passengers disembarking at Faro airport.

The president of AHETA noted that Easter “lives a lot from the Spanish market”, but the UK market is preponderant in the Algarve, along with the French and Dutch, as well as new markets like North America, which is growing despite the lack of direct flights.

AHETA’s president Hélder Martins said these visitors have arrived even in the low season after entering through Lisbon and Seville, but it’s vital to solidify this market to increase it.

According to João Fernandes, 30% of Algarve bookings are pre-paid, and there is a greater balance between direct visitor bookings and travel agency bookings.

“Everything points to another record year, but what tourism never tyres of saying is that we are optimistic, but careful because obviously there is great instability at an international level and some expectations may be frustrated due to external factors”, concluded João Fernandes.

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