Foreigners represent a huge chunk of the figures – around 2.1 million, against 856,000 overnight stays by Portuguese holidaymakers.
INE also reveals that the Algarve accounted for around one-third of overnight stays at Portugal’s hotels during the first seven months of the year.
“The Algarve accounted for 33.2% of Portugal’s overnight stays since the beginning of the year, followed in second place by the Lisbon metropolitan area (25.5%),” says INE.
Taking only the Algarve into account, between January and July, the number of overnight stays at Algarve hotels grew by 2.7% to reach a total of 11.6 million.
Numbers also show that five Algarve municipalities – Albufeira, Loulé, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira – stand out as five of the 10 boroughs in Portugal which registered the most overnight stays since the start of the year.
In July alone, the good news extends to the number of guests at Algarve hotels and the revenue that was generated, which both grew by 5.3% and 6.5% to reach totals of 662,000 and €212 million, respectively.
In fact, since the start of the year, the Algarve’s hotel sector has already welcomed 2.8 million guests and generated a total of €644 million in revenue.
Faro Airport also saw its passenger turnover increase 2.2% and reach a total of 1.173 million, with a notable increase in the number of British (+4.1%) and Irish (+6.1%) passengers.
INE stresses that the Algarve’s positive figures contrast with the national as there was a slowdown in the growth of the tourism sector in July in other regions.