Government highlights record tourist numbers in July
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Government highlights record tourist numbers in July

Portuguese tourist accomodation units welcomed over three million guests in July

Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism, commerce and services, Rita Marques, highlighted on Friday the record tourism numbers registered in July, classifying it as the “best month ever” in the number of guests and overnight stays and a reflection of the country’s competitiveness.

According to Statistics Portugal’s (INE) flash estimates released on Wednesday,  there were increases of 6.3% in guests (179,800 more guests) and 4.8% in overnight stays (397,200 more overnight stays) in July 2022 compared to July 2019.

“Our companies are responding to demand after two years of great suffering and, now Portugal stands out again as one of the most competitive international destinations,” she said in a statement released today.

Rita Marques also stressed that these figures show that the tourism sector is again an essential engine in the national economy.

The INE estimate records 3,029,100 guests and 8,628,400 overnight stays in tourist accommodation in July, when in July 2021 there had been 1,633,800 guests (85.4% more) and 4,538,600 overnight stays (90.1% more).

Of the total number of overnight stays, 2,906,000 were by residents, 9.1% more than in July 2021, and 5,722,000 were by non-residents, reflecting a year-on-year growth of 205.2%.

The share of nights spent by non-residents, which was 41.3% in July 2021, rose to 66.3%, which Rita Marques said reflected a “reposition of the natural structure of the” Portuguese tourism market.

Source: Lusa