60 million tourists visited Portugal in 2016

With tourism throughout Europe up to 2.84 billion people, Portugal has been reaping the benefits, with a record 60 million visitors last year.

Eurostat has revealed the impressive data, showing occupancy rates of (listed/ legal) tourist establishments were up 1.7% on 2015, taking numbers to 60.6 million people.

The largest rise though came in Spain where occupancy rates were up 7.8% to 454 million.

Next in line was France (+4.6% to 395 million), the UK (+4.5% to 292 million) and Germany (+2.8% to 390 millions).

The figures would suggest tourists are not put off by countries where terrorist attacks are considered an “ever present risk”.

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