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Wednesday, 07 October, 2020, 15 : 30 PM [IST]

Portugal records slight recovery in tourism during August

Portugal’s tourism activity recovered in August, compared to July, according to the latest study by the National Statistics Institute (INE), published on October 1.

In August, the tourist accommodation sector registered 1.9 million guests and 5.1 million overnight stays, according INE.

Overnight stays from residents (Portuguese and non-Portuguese that live in Portugal) have decreased by 2.4 per cent, compared to last year, (-30.8 per cent in July) and those from outside the country decreased by 72 per cent (-84,5 per cent in the previous month).

In August 21.0 per cent of tourist accommodation establishments were closed or there was no movement of guests (27 per cent in July).

All of the main markets maintained their significant decreases in August (above 50 per cent), although less than in the previous month (above 65 per cent in July). The biggest drop is seen in guests coming from the USA, Canada, Ireland, China and the United Kingdom.

Alentejo region continued to show a smaller decrease in the number of overnight stays, compared to the same month last year, a decrease of 15.1 per cent (-26.2 per cent in the previous month). Surprisingly the number of overnight stays of residents increase in the Algarve (+9.0 per cent), Alentejo (+ 4.0 per cent) and Centro (+ 1.1 per cent). (Source: The Portugal News)

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