Tourist accommodation sector registered 1.5 million guests in November

  • ECO News
  • 3 January 2022

In November, the country's tourist accommodation sector received 1.5 million guests and 3.6 million overnight stays.

Portugal’s tourist accommodation sector received 1.5 million guests last November, up 265.5% on the same month last year. This performance shows that, after a summer of recovery, the tourism sector slowed towards the end of the year and, although it is above 2020 levels, it is still below the pre-pandemic period, according to data published by Statistics Portugal (INE) this Monday. 

In November, the tourist accommodation sector registered 1.5 million guests and 3.6 million overnight stays. These numbers represent year-on-year increases of 265.5% and 287.7%, respectively. But despite showing a continued recovery from last year, they remain below 2019 levels. Compared to November of that year, the number of guests fell 17% while the number of overnight stays was down 12.4%.

In a finer analysis, the domestic market contributed with 1.3 million overnight stays and the external markets totalled 2.3 million. Compared to November 2019, there were declines both in overnight stays from residents (-3.4%) and in those from non-residents (-16.6%).

In terms of the most sought-after locations, the Lisbon Metropolitan Area concentrated 31.4% of overnight stays in November, followed by the Algarve (18.5%), the North (17.6%) and Madeira (14.4%), INE said. The average stay in tourist establishments (2.45 nights) increased by 6.1%.