Algarve with 63.7% fall in overnight stays in October – INE

Algarve with 63.7% fall in overnight stays in October - INE

All regions recorded year-on-year declines in overnight stays from tourists in October, with the sharpest declines taking place in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon, Algarve and the Azores, INE reported.

In turn, Alentejo and the Center region had the lowest falls, of 29.4% and 49.3%, respectively, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE).

At the national level, overnight stays from guests decreased 63.3% in October, compared to the same month of 2019, while in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon, the Algarve and the Azores, the contraction reached 76.7%, 63.7% and 61.4%, respectively.

Even so, the Algarve concentrated 30.1% of overnight stays, followed by the North and the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (both with 17.3%) and the Center (14.3%).

In the accumulated index of the first 10 months of the year, the regions with the lowest decreases in the number of overnight stays were Alentejo (-35.7%), the Center (-50.5%) and the North (-56.8%).

On the contrary, the biggest decreases were seen in the Azores (-71.8%), in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon (-69.9%) and in Madeira (-66.4%).

In October, INE notes, only in the Algarve did the number of overnight stays from residents increase (+ 3.7%), which “may have been related to the holding of a sporting event this month in the region”, that is, the Portuguese Formula 1 Grand Prix, which took place between 23 and 26 October in Portimão.

This month, in terms of overnight stays from non-residents, Alentejo and Madeira recorded the smallest decreases (-65.1% and -66.1%), while the remaining regions showed decreases of over 70%, with emphasis on the Area Metropolitana de Lisboa (-84.2%).

INE confirmed today the intensification of the fall in tourist activity in October, with guests falling back 59.7% and overnight stays decreasing 63.3% compared to the same month of the previous year.

Both the drop of 59.7% seen in October in the number of guests, to one million, and the reduction of 63.3% in overnight stays, to 2.3 million, were slightly more intense than the INE had forecast in its estimate November 30 (-59.3% and -63.0%, respectively).

This evolution represents a new acceleration in the year-on-year declines in tourism, strongly impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, which in September had already suffered 50.3% decrease in guests and 53.4% ​​in overnight stays.


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