Only one-quarter of Portuguese hotels booked for summer

Algarve Beach, Portugal. [Shutterstock/InnaFelker]

Only one in four hotels in Portugal said they have reservations for this year’s summer, according to a survey supported by the Hotel Industry Association of Portugal (AHP) released on Wednesday.

“We have a huge job ahead of us here and acknowledge the risk that these are also refundable reservations,” AHP’s president, Cristina Siza Vieira, has stressed.

According to data collected by AHP, the hotel industry recorded an average occupancy rate of 26% in 2020, and an average price per room of €86. In total, hotels lost a total of 73% in revenue, of which 69% was lost on accommodation.

Last year, 48% of hotel bookings were cancelled, while 61% of the reservations were refunded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month, the European Commission will present a legislative proposal for an EU-wide vaccination certificate to allow travel to resume at the height of the pandemic.

The proposal for a digital vaccination certificate to help the travel and tourism sector to recover was put forward earlier this year by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and supported by his Portuguese counterpart, António Costa. (Maria João Pereira, Lusa.pt)

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