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Tourism in Portugal


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The tourism sector is a fundamental economic activity for the generation of wealth and employment in Portugal. In the last 9 years, the country has recorded an average annual growth rate of 7.2% in overnight stays, which translates into an increase from 37 million overnight stays in 2010 to 70 million overnight stays in 2019, the highest value on record. Tourism revenue has also seen an average annual growth rate of 10.3% in the last nine years, which has increased from 7.6 billion in 2010 to 18.4 billion in 2019.

According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals declining by 74%. World destinations received 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 when compared to the previous year, due to travel restrictions and an unprecedented drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, as an effect of the COVID​​-​19 pandemic, Portugal registered, in line with other world destinations, a sharp drop in demand, to 25.9 million overnight stays (-63.0%) in tourist accommodation compared to 2019. This fact reflects a return to the overnight stay values observed in 1994.
There was also a sharp decrease in international demand, with 12.3 million overnight stays by foreigners (-74.9%), as a result of the restrictions imposed on cross-border travel for most of 2020. Even the domestic market recorded 13.6 million overnight stays (-35.4%) compared to 2019.

In revenues, the decrease (-57.6%) compared to 2019 meant a loss of 10 billion euros for the economy in 2020.

Turismo de Portugal provides activity indicators and statistics, market analysis and trends, as well as market information and an area dedicated to the impact of the pandemic on the global and national tourism sector on TravelBI, a knowledge management platform for tourism activity. 

Sources: UNWTO, Statistics Portugal, Bank of Portugal, 2020
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