2014 a great year for Algarve

The Algarve recorded about 16.4 million overnight stays in 2014, considered the best year "ever", according to provisional data revealed by the Tourist Board of the Algarve (RTA).

Algarve Car HireAccording to the RTA, the number of overnight stays in the region has grown continuously since 2009, the year that there were 12.9 million overnight stays, and the period between 2009 and 2014 was the longest in terms of growth (in 2013 the number overnight stays was 14.7 million).

In a press conference, the president of the RTA, Desiderio Silva, said the expectation for 2015 is to maintain growth, but warned that the government can not "sleep" on the numbers now achieved, otherwise the Algarve lose competitiveness against to other regions and countries.
"It's been an effort of many people, but must continue to be done," he said, admitting that it is more difficult to grow on a "strong basis", but showing its confidence that demand this year will align with that registered in 2014, which creates "more responsibility and requirement."

To try to strengthen the results of the Algarve brand, RTA, which this year celebrates 45 years of existence, wants to launch two applications via the Tourism of Portugal and the Commission of Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR) of the Algarve, in an attempt to raise funds Community to promote the destination.

"We want to strengthen the brand Algarve as a tourist destination and this can only happen with the necessary means," he said, adding that although the region is "very limited" in terms of EU funds, the Algarve Tourism will try to apply for funds to promote the destination to potential markets. According Desiderio Silva, the issue is still being discussed with the Tourism of Portugal and CCDR / Algarve, since there is no specific regulation for this type of applications.

Those responsible for most of the overnight stays in the Algarve in 2014 were British tourists (5.1 million), followed by the Germans (1.5 million) and Dutch (1.3 million). In the month of August the Algarve recorded three million overnight stays, a number considered "record" by Desiderio Silva, who also highlighted the fact that the region have exceeded one million rounds of golf logo in November.
Also for the first time in 2014, Faro airport handled more than six million passengers.

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