Carnival with 73% hotel occupancy

Data to be reviewed nearer the time

Troupe preparing for CarnivalThe Diario reports that yesterday afternoon, Eduardo Jesus pointed out the “huge reinforcement of animation” of this edition of Carnival in Madeira, where the highlights will be the allegorical procession at 8:00 pm on February 22 and the Trapalhão Procession on the afternoon of the 25th. Câmara de Lobos was the city ​​chosen for the launch of the Carnival 2020 program, as a tribute to Turma do Funil, one of the troupes that have been part of Funchal’s Carnival procession over a number of years. Full Carnival details have already been published here.

The Secretary of Tourism and Culture highlighted the performances and shows that will take place during the days of Carnival, in the so-called Carnaval das Avenidas, which will have reinforcement this year. In Praça da Restauração there will be entertainment specially directed to children. Jardim Municipal will once again receive shows from 23 to 25 February, “with circus magic taking over that space and that audience”.

The official said that this event will involve 5,400 people – a number that is higher than last year. However, contrary to what the Regional Directorate of Tourism had indicated to the newspaper, the investment will be €480,000, instead of €470,000 as previously announced.

“Carnival has a particularity, which motivates vacations”, explained Eduardo Jesus when questioned the attraction of tourists, adding that the hotel occupation has a direct correlation with the carnival period. Regarding this aspect, although the numbers are not yet definitive, everything points to the hotel occupancy reaching 73%, being in line with what happened in 2019.

Carnival parties take place between the 19th of February and the 1st of March, with the theme “Carnaval é Fantasia”.

The full program is here.

4 thoughts on “Carnival with 73% hotel occupancy”

  1. I see the Lobo Marinho is back if Funchal harbour this morning. I guess it will start round trips later today.

    They have also launched a new website today as well.

  2. I suspect that in 2018 hotels had better occupancy rates.

    In February that year I had booked two weeks in a golf hotel in Santo da Serra with the intention of playing golf for a week and then doing some lavada walking.

    It was a surprise to find how cold and miserable it was at that time of year up there so I tried to convert my second week into one of the same group’s 3 large hotels in Lido or the one in the centre of Funchal.

    ALL were fully booked because that second week was carnival. (They offered me their only 5 star hotel but that seemed to be outside my comfort zone – especially considering the clothes I had with me)

    Anyway, I wonder if there is a connection between (imo only) 73% occupancy this year and a certain virus?

    • Hard to tell if Corvid-19 is responsible or not. It has been in the news for maybe a month whilst people book their hols anything up to a year in advance. Anyway, healthy people do not have to worry about the virus, only those with existing conditions such as cancer, asthma etc and the very old/frail.


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