Vilamoura is without fuel, Albufeira walks in the same direction. To keep up the strike for another day, provide tour operators, the Algarve may collapse. The president of the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), Elidérico Viegas, warns: "We are talking about very serious things". Some of the hotel units, they add, are already receiving requests for cancellations of reservations, and guests staying are struggling to return home.
In addition to the usual tourist floods at Easter, which occupy 100% hotels, this is also a time of demand for golfers. The return to the UK and other destinations is guaranteed from Faro airport. However, Elidérico Viegas points out, the problem is that fuel is beginning to be lacking for all activities and tourism is "one of the most sensitive sectors". The pumps along the National Road (EN) 125 are "dry". During this morning, some gas stations, located in the more peripheral areas of the cities, still had gasoline. Diesel exhausted last night. This afternoon in Albufeira, only in the Fontainhas is there still an open gas station, with long queues waiting to be "dry" by the end of the day.
Elidérico Viegas says he does not understand the government's position when he decreed "minimum services" only for Lisbon and Porto, leaving the rest of the country forgotten. "It has not been taken into account that the Algarve has tripled the population [mais de um milhão de pessoas] at this time of year. " In the area of the Algarve leeward, from Faro to Vila Real de St Antonio, consumers are going to the Spanish pumps to stock up.
For their part, rent-a-car today saw some reservations canceled due to lack of fuel in the cars, and hoteliers are apprehensive about the consequences of the strike with customers, Portuguese and foreigners.