Except in the region of the Algarve
Overnight stays in Portugal grew 18.8% in the first half of the year, surpassing 2019 levels for the first time – corresponding to increases of 31.8% in total revenue and 34% in revenue from accommodation, INE statistics institute announced today.
“In the first half of 2023, overnight stays grew by 18.8% (+7.7% in residents and +24.2% in non-residents), corresponding to increases of 31.8% in total revenue and 34.0% in revenue from accommodation (+38.3% and +41.7%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2019)”, said the entity.
Compared to the same period in 2019 (before the pandemic hit), overnight stays increased by 11% (+11.6% in residents and +10.7% in non-residents), being the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that the number of overnight stays (total and non-residents) in the first semester exceeded 2019 levels.
Considering all forms of accommodation (tourist accommodation establishments, camp sites/ holiday camps and youth hostels), there were 14.5 million guests and 36.7 million overnight stays in the first half of 2023, corresponding to increases of 20.9% and 18.7%, respectively.
In regional terms, only the Algarve recorded decreases, both in overnight stays from residents (-3.1%) and non-residents (-0.3%).
Analysing the month of June, the tourist accommodation sector recorded 2.9 million guests (+7.1%) and 7.4 million overnight stays (+3.7%), corresponding to €622.1 million in total revenue (+14.0%) and €480.6 million in revenue from accommodation (+15.5%).
Compared to June 2019, there were increases of 33.5% in total revenue and 35.5% in revenue from accommodation.
The average revenue per available room (RevPAR) stood at €78.10, and the average revenue per occupied room (ADR) reached €123.10 (+11.6% and +11.7%, respectively).
Compared to June 2019, there were increases of 25.8% and 26.1%, in the same order.
In Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, the average revenue per occupied room (ADR) reached new historical highs (€152.60 and €113.00, respectively).
In June, among municipalities with the highest representativeness in total overnight stays, Albufeira remained below levels recorded in 2019 (-10.2% in total; -26.6% in residents and -5.2% in non-residents).
Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto stood out, with increases of 30.6% and 25.1%, respectively, compared to 2019.