Tourist revenue is expected to rise 6% by December to 17 billion euros and the number of guests could reach 27 million, two million more than last year, according to the Secretary of State for Tourism.
In statements to the Lusa agency, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, said “the evaluation from the hotel owners and the various regions of the country is that both August and September were months of good demand. If we maintain this pace of growth until the end of the year, we will reach 27 million tourists in Portugal, after having reached 25 million in 2018”. She added that the estimate for revenue should increase “about 6% to 17 billion euros”.
For Ana Mendes Godinho, this reality allows the country to have a constant level of employment, instead of depending on seasonal work. The figures also reflect a “structural change”, which is based on an increase in terms of value.
“Over the last three years, we have grown by 45% in terms of tourism revenue. From January to July we already had a higher tourist revenue than [registered] in 2014”, highlighted the Secretary of State.
On the other hand, the creation of new connections and routes to markets where Portugal didn’t have a very strong presence contributed to this development. According to the data advanced by the government, the Israeli market is growing 20%, the American 19% and the Chinese 18%.