The number of hotel guests – and prices are rising

In March, 1.6 million customers stayed in Portuguese hotels, more than the same period last year, but the average price per room reached 74.3 euros.

According to a report by ECO, the national tourist accommodation welcomed 1.6 million visitors in March, which represents an increase of 464% compared to the same month of 2021, but still below the figures of 2019, according to the data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). Despite this, the average price per occupied room has exceeded that recorded in the pre-pandemic period – 74.3 euros in March 2021.

The domestic market contributed with 1.3 million overnight stays, while international guest overnight stays totaled 2.7 million. On the international market, the British dominated in number of guests, followed by the Germans and the French.

Most searched destinations

Regarding the most sought-after locations, the Lisbon metropolitan area concentrates 30.1% of overnight stays in March, followed by the Algarve (21.8%), the North (16.7%) and Madeira (14.2%). ), specifies the INE. Compared to March 2019, all regions recorded a drop in the number of overnight stays, with a focus on the Algarve (-18.8%) and Lisbon (-16.2%), indicates the INE.

In March, the average length of stay in tourist accommodation establishments (2.55 nights) increased by 14%. The average stay of residents (1.81 nights) decreased by 5.8% and that of non-residents (3.17 nights) by 16.4%.

Kasandra J. Stone