The tourist activity in the country continued to improve in August, with some of the pandemic-related restrictions lifted. Even so, the number of guests was 1.9 million, down 43.2 percent on the same period last year, according to data released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) this Thursday.
The number of overnight stays by residents, which represent about two-thirds of the total, fell by 2.4 percent in the eighth month of the year, compared with a fall of 30.8 percent in July. However, in some parts of the country, the numbers even increased compared to last year. This was the case in the Algarve (+9.0 percent), Alentejo (+4.0 percent) and Centro (+1.1 percent), according to INE.
As far as the guests are concerned, 1.3 million of them live in Portugal. This is a fall of only 4.7 percent compared to last year, while in July the decrease was 31.9 percent. On the other hand, the country only received 589,000 non-residents, 70.1 percent less than in August 2019.
Although there was already some recovery in international, August continued to be marked by a decline in all the main markets, although less pronounced than in the previous month. Among the biggest falls are visitors from China (-92.5 percent) and the United States (-93.2 percent), the countries most affected by the coronavirus.