Portugal Scores Record-Breaking Tourists Numbers in August

Tourist accommodation facilities received 3.4 million guests who spent 9.9 million overnight stays in August, with the average income per room reaching €137.2.

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According to local media, these are the highest values ever recorded, which confirms that tourism in Portugal is back to pre-pandemic levels, reports.

“The tourist accommodation sector registered 3.4 million guests and 9.9 million overnight stays in August 2022, the highest monthly values ​​since recorded, corresponding to variations of 33 per cent and 31.9 per cent, respectively (+ 85.4 per cent and +90 per cent in July, in the same order),” the National Institute of Statistics (INE) reveals.

The number of guests increased by 1.2 per cent, and 2.8 per cent more overnight stays were recorded this year compared to 2019, which was the best tourist year so far. Additionally, the average income per available room (RevPAR) stood at €102.2, and the average income per occupied room (ADR) was €137.2 – 41.8 per cent and 17.8 per cent higher compared to August 2021, respectively.

Moreover, RevPAR and ADR were up by 21.1 per cent and 18.1 per cent compared to 2019 levels. As per locations, Lisbon and Albufeira witnessed the highest number of tourists, spending 27.1 per cent of the total overnight stays in the country and 32.9 per cent of the total overnight stays of international tourists.

The net bed occupancy rate (68.3 per cent) increased by 10.6 percentage points in August (+24.6 percentage points in July), slightly below the 68.7 per cent recorded in August 2019.

As for total income, there was an increase of 53.6 per cent, reaching €797 million, while revenue from accommodation reached €639 million, representing a growth of 54.9 per cent.

Compared to August 2019, there were increases of 24.9 per cent and 25.7 per cent in total revenue and accommodation, respectively.

In the first eight months of the year, considering most types of accommodation such as tourist accommodation establishments, camping and holiday camps, and youth hostels, there were 19.4 million guests and 52.8 million overnight stays, which represent increases of 122 per cent and 121.6 per cent, respectively.

Compared to the same period in 2019, overnight stays decreased by three per cent, about 4.4 per cent in residents and less than 6.9 per cent in non-residents.

According to Airport Parking Reservations, Portugal has been listed as the third most child-friendly destination, being estimated as the country with the highest percentage of hotels with family rooms.