More than one million visitors in nine months
Tuesday’s Journal reported that the latest figures for the first nine months of this year show sustained growth in in tourism in the region, with an increase of 8.9% in overnight stays and 17.6% in room income compared to the same period in 2015.
According to a press release by the Regional Secretariat for the Economy, Tourism and Culture there is a growth of around 10.5% in the actual number of visitors, while total revenues generated by the tourism sector grew 15.9%. Hotels saw occupancy rates increase by 4.9% on the previous year, whilst revenue per room increased by a remarkable 16.3%. Between January and September 2016, Madeira welcomed more than 1,060,000 tourists, giving rise to 5,723,807 overnight stays in regional hotels, which this year are averaging an occupancy rate of just over 70%. Total revenues from tourism (not quite sure how this is measured?) amounted to more than €294 million. All in all, a pretty good picture as the island benefits from being seen as a “safe” holiday destination.
Golden Gate for sale
The “Golden Gate” cafe has finally been put up for sale, with a price tag of €2 million. The landmark cafe got into financial difficulties in 2014 – reported here at the time.
Madalena do Mar tunnel
A recent drive on the main south coast road which most travellers see as an extension of the Via Rapida to Calheta, revealed work apparently being completed on the tunnel that will take traffic away from the coastal village of Madalena do Mar. The entrance to both ends of the tunnel have been there for quite a while – one as the main route from Ponto do Sol reaches the coast and the other above Madalena as the tunnel begins to Arco da Calheta. The latter tunnel has been open for a few years, but the section beneath the hillside pictured above never completed until now. Probably a good time to invest in property in Madalena.
Speaking of tunnels the Diario leads today with a story about the air pollution levels being far in excess of the official limits in four tunnels on the island where it was recently monitored.
“Bride’s Veil” waterfall and Seixal
Great video of the “Bride’s Veil” waterfall and the Seixal coastline on YouTube