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2017: the magnificent year for tourism in Portugal

According to the final dataset published by INE, 2017 was confirmed as a fantastic year for tourism in Portugal, with more than 24 million guests generating revenues of more than 3.7 billion euros in accommodation.

In 2017, tourist accommodation in Portugal registered 24.1 million guests and 65.8 million overnight stays, a growth of 12.9% and 10.8% respectively, compared to 2016. Revenues also grew significantly: total revenues increased 18.6% and room revenues + 20.9%.

In the hotel segment, there were 19.8 million guests (+ 10.1% than in 2016) and 55.7 million overnight stays (+ 8.4%). Resident overnight stays (15 million) decelerated slightly: in 2017, overnight stays by residents rose 5.4%, as opposed to 2016, which grew by 6.3%. Non-residents' overnight stays (40.7 million) increased by 9.6%, which is also less than in 2016 (+ 12.1%).

The average income per available room (RevPAR) in hotels was 51.7 euros (+ 15.8%).

 With regard to residents´ tourist demand, there were 21.2 million tourist trips, an increase of 5%. Leisure, recreation or vacation travel accounted for 45.2% of the total.

 

Key Markets

The domestic market generated 18.8 million overnight stays, corresponding to 28.5% of the total. Foreign markets also grew (+ 12.2%), reaching 47.1 million overnight stays.

The main issuing market was the United Kingdom (accounting for 20.9% of total non-resident overnight stays), which saw an increase of 2.8%. The German market accounted for 13.8% of the total, growing by 11.3%. The French and Spanish markets also grew 5.2% and 7%, respectively.

Overnight stays in the regions developed positively, with more accentuated growth for the Azores (+ 20.6%) and Center (+ 19.9%). The Algarve remained the main destination (30.7% of total overnight stays), followed by Lisbon (25.4%).

 

Type of accommodation

The Hospitality Sector hosted 19.8 million guests, resulting in 55.7 million overnight stays (increases of 10.1% and 8.4%, respectively). Even so, these increases were lower than those recorded in 2016, + 10.3% and 10.4%, in the same order. Hotels accounted for 71.5% of overnight stays in hotels, followed by hotel-apartments (13.9%). The average stay in hotels was 2.82 nights and fell 1.5%. The net rate of bed occupancy in hotels was 52.9%. Total hotel revenues amounted to EUR 3.3 billion (+ 17.7%) and room revenues EUR 2.4 billion (+ 19.6%), an increase similar to that of 2016.

Hotels accounted for 71.5% of overnight stays, followed by hotel-apartments (13.9%). The average stay in hotels was 2.82 nights and was down 1.5%. The net rate of bed occupancy in hotels was 52.9% (+ 2.7 p.p compared to 2016).

Total hotel revenues amounted to EUR 3.3 billion (+ 17.7%) and room revenues EUR 2.4 billion (+ 19.6%), similar to those of the previous year (+ 17.9% and + 18.9%, respectively).

According to the Residents' Travel Survey, in 2017 it was found that 4.58 million residents in Portugal made at least one overnight trip outside their usual environment, corresponding to 44.5% of the resident population (44, 1% in 2016).

In 2017 "leisure, recreation or vacations" was the main motivation to travel, justifying 9.6 million trips (45.2% of the total, +1.4 pp). This was followed by "visits to family or friends", with 9.3 million trips (44.0%, -0.1 pp) and "professional or business" reasons (1.5 million), with 7, 1% of the total (-1.1 pp).

The number of overnight trips by residents in 2017 generated more than 85.4 million overnight stays, an increase of 4.6% compared to 2016. The "accommodation provided free of charge by family or friends" accounted for 39.6 million overnight stays, or 46.4% of the total (45.6% in 2016), and was preferred both for trips abroad (40.9%) and domestic travel (47.7%).

 

Source: INE