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.