24% of tourist accommodation still closed

The National Statistics Institute INE estimates that 24% of tourist accommodation remained closed in September because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And it says that Portugal’s tourism economy did not bounce back in September, despite the good weather, because of the second wave of contagion caused by a Coronavirus mutation believed to have originated in Spain.

INE statistics show that there were 1.4 million guests and 3.6 million nights booked in hotels and guesthouses in September, numbers that equate to like-for-like falls of 52.5% and 53.4%, respectively.

The data shows a deterioration in numbers compared to bookings seen over August when the number of guests was 43.2% below the level of the previous year, in which there were 47.1% fewer room bookings compared to the same month.

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