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Portugal sees surge in tourists and overnight stays in April

Good news continues for national tourism sector

Portugal’s tourist accommodation sector recorded 2.7 million guests in April, up 16.5% compared to the same month of 2022, and 6.8 million overnight stays, an increase of 13.8%, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced today.

According to INE, the sector also registered €497.1 million in total revenue and €373.6 million in room revenue, representing year-on-year increases of 28.6% and 29.4%, respectively.

Compared to April 2019, the pre-pandemic period, there were increases of 48.4% in total revenue and of 50.0% in room revenue.

In April, INE also noted year-on-year increases of 22.7% and 14.7% in the average revenue per available room (RevPAR) and in the average revenue per occupied room (ADR), which stood at €63 and €105.4, respectively.

When comparing the data to April 2019, increases of 38.4% and 29.6% were recorded, respectively, corresponding to the largest increases compared to the pre-pandemic period.

In the first four months of 2023 as a whole, total overnight stays grew by 30.0% (+16.7% in residents and +37.1% in non-residents), which corresponded to increases of 46.8% in total revenue and 48.4% in room-related revenue (+40.2% and +43.6%, respectively, compared to the same period of 2019).

In April, INE notes that “the Easter effect” was “significantly felt” in the overnight stays of tourists in Albufeira, which rose to second position among the municipalities with the highest representativeness in total overnight stays in this month (weight of 10.9%).

Still, Albufeira continues to record a reduction in overnight stays compared to 2019, although “less expressive” (-5.2% in total, -11.2% in residents and -3.7% in non-residents).

On the contrary, Porto (share of 7.9%) and Funchal (share of 7.6%) maintained “significant increases” compared to April 2019 (+34.5% and +26.7%, respectively), with resident overnight stays more than doubling in Funchal.

In the month under review, the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon concentrated 33.7% of total income and 36.2% of those related to room, followed by the Algarve (24.1% and 21.6%, respectively), the North (16.% and 17.5%) and the Autonomous Region of Madeira (11.3% and 10.4%).

INE highlighted that the largest increases occurred in the Azores (+38.6% in total revenue and +41.9% in room revenue, in the North (+31.0% and +33.7%, respectively) and in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (+30.4% and +32.8%).

Compared to April 2019, the developments in Madeira (+70.2% in total revenue and +75.4% in guest revenue), in Alentejo (+66.9% and +70.7%, respectively) and in the North (+61.8% and +64.4%, in the same order) are highlighted.

In April, the evolution of revenues was positive in the three accommodation segments: in hotels, total and room revenue (weight of 87.3% and 85.4% in total tourist accommodation) increased by 27.7% and 28.3%, respectively. Compared to April 2019, there were increases of 46.5% and 48.1%, in the same order.

In the first four months of 2023, taking into account the different types of accommodation (tourist accommodation establishments, camping and holiday camps and youth hostels), there were 8.4 million guests and 20.9 million overnight stays, representing increases of 31.3% and 29.9%, respectively.

Compared to the first four months of 2019, overnight stays increased by 14.7% (+18.6% in residents and +13.0% in non-residents).

Source: Lusa