In the last year, the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodations in the European Union increased by 2.4%, consolidating the increase initiated in 2009. In Portugal, the growth was even more marked (3.4%), with special emphasis on the nights spent by residents in Portuguese establishments, which grew more than double the European average.
According to the data released this Friday by Eurostat, Spain (with 469 million overnight stays), France (with 446 million) and Germany (with 436 million) are in the top of the European table.
Even so, it was in Slovakia and Lithuania that there were the greatest increases in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodations, with increases of 12.6% and 10% respectively. In contrast, in Greece and Malta, there were falls of 3% and 2.7%.
In Portugal, the growth (3.4%) was higher than the European average (2.4%), but far from that achieved by Slovakia and Lithuania.
It should be noted, that contrary to what happened in the generality of the European Union, the number of nights spent by residents and the number of nights spent by foreigners did not grow at the same pace. The number of nights spent by residents grew by 5%.
In absolute terms, the nights spent by foreigners are still almost double those spent by residents (51.1 million against 25.8 million). In total, in 2019, Portuguese tourist accommodation registered 76.9 million overnight stays.