Since the beginning of the year until August, 14 million guests have been registered, corresponding to an accumulated growth of 8.6% over the same period of 2016. According to the monthly bulletin published by INE last Friday, in the first eight months of the year, 39.9 million overnight stays and 2.3 billion were recorded, which represents an accumulated growth of 7.4% and 16.1%, respectively.
In August alone, Portugal registered 2.4 million guests (+ 4.6%), 7.8 million overnight stays (+ 3.2%) and 502.8 million euros in revenue (+ 16.1%). Compared with August 2016 and in absolute terms, these percentages represent 107 thousand more tourists and 240 thousand more overnight stays.
All regions recorded increases, with a special emphasis on the Azores (+ 15.8%), Alentejo (+ 6.4%) and the Central Region (6.2%).
According to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, these results prove that "tourism is one of the economic activities that, month after month, continues with very positive results. It is not true that tourism is slowing down. Tourism is growing more than 16% in revenues, more than 8% in guests and more than 7% in overnight stays. And it is very interesting to note that growth is occurring mainly in the low season, so in August the growth rate is naturally lower than in other months. If we compare the data known today with the homologous period of 2015 we grew 18.3% in guests, 17.3% in overnight stays and 35.2% in revenues, she concluded.