National tourist accommodations received 1.4 million tourists in January, a figure that represents an increase of 12.2 percent over the same month last year, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE). Tourism revenues increased over 7 percent to 175.9 million euros.
The number of guests increased, as did the number of overnight stays, but the number of nights spent in tourist accommodations fell. In terms of guests, foreign tourists led in number – there were around 760,300, compared to 660,600 nationals – but it was the residents of the country who rose the most: 12.9 percent compared to 11.6 percent of foreigners.
Overnight stays also increased (7.6 percent), especially for guests living in the country – 12.1 percent compared to an increase of only 5.6 percent for foreign guests. However, the average stay fell for both (4 percent), mainly for international tourists. When choosing where to spend the night, guests looked mainly for hotels and local accommodation units.
In January, Portugal attracted more British visitors. There were almost 348,000 tourists, an increase of 1.9 percent over the same period of the previous year. Behind them were the Germans (235,438, a fall of 8.6 percent) and the Brazilians (235,284, an increase of 6.9 percent).