Portugal tourism reaches 27 million tourists last year, 7.3% more than in 2018
Last year was synonymous of another milestone for tourism in Portugal, a preferred destination for 27 million visitors. This number represents an increase of 7.3% compared to 2018 and a significant advance in the pace of growth, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE). Tourism revenues increased to 4.28 billion euros.
In terms of stay, both national and international guests spent fewer nights in tourist units, with the average being 2.59 nights. Hotels continue to lead the choice, concentrating around 58 million stays, ahead of local accommodation with 10 million stays. Rural tourism counted with 1.0 million overnight stays. When it comes to growth, hostels stood out with overnight stays skyrocketing 23.5%, says INE.
Most of the tourists keep coming from the United Kingdom, with a total of 9.38 million people, rising 1.5% compared to 2018. Following the Germans with 5.88 million guests and the Spanish with 5.22 million. In terms of growth, the highlight goes to the North American (29.2%), Canadian (27.6%) and Irish (26%) markets.
Portugal tourism revenues reached 4.28 billion euros
Despite this trend, the sector obtained an articulate rise in revenues. The industry saw a total increase from 7.3% last year to EUR 4.28 billion.
With tourism expanding more and more, Turismo de Portugal gives green light to the construction of 105 new hotels - 29 projects are set the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, 23 in the Algarve and 21 in the Alentejo. Look at our available projects in Lisbon | Algarve.
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If these projects are approved, they will bring 12.404 more beds to the market, which should join the existing 340.349 - the majority will be hotels, but there are also registration of apartment hotels, tourist villages and tourist apartments.