Tourist Accommodations Hosted 1.5 Million Guests for 3.6 Million Overnight Stays in November 2021

January 3, 2022 – Ana Custódio

Portugal’s domestic market contributed 1.3 million overnight stays, while external markets accounted for 2.3 million.

According to data revealed today by the National Institute of Statistics, tourism activity maintained its growth, although there was a clear decrease compared to 2019. The tourist accommodation sector hosted 1.5 million guests for 3.6 million overnight stays in November 2021, up 265.5% and 287.7%, respectively. This was an increase of 115.2% and 137.9% over October, in the same order.

However, the figures reached in November 2021 were lower than in 2019, as  the number of guests and overnight stays fell by 17.0% and 12.4%, respectively.

Portugal’s domestic market accounted for 1.3 million overnight stays, while external markets accounted for 2.3 million. Decreases were seen in both resident (-3.4%), and non-resident (-16.6%) overnight stays compared to November 2019. In the first eleven months of 2021, registered overnight stays increased by 40.4% (+36.0% for residents and +45.3% for non-residents). According to the INE, compared to 2019, overnight stays decreased by 47.7% (-10.8% for residents and -63.3% for non-residents). In November, 33.8% of tourist accommodation establishments were closed or hosted no guests (25.3% in October).

Guests decreased by 17.0%, and overnight stays decreased by 12.4%, compared to November 2019. Overnight stays in hotels (82.0% of the total) were up 309.6% (-13.8% compared to November 2019). Overnight stays in local accommodation establishments (14.8% of the total) increased by 215.2% (-11.1% compared to the same month of 2019), while rural and residential tourism (share of 3.2%) posted an increase of 197.0% (+33.6% compared to November 2019).

Translation: Richard D K Turner

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