Portugal Hosts 2.1 Million Guests for 5.6 Million Overnight Stays in September

In September 2021, Portugal’s tourist accommodation sector hosted 2.1 million guests for 5.6 million overnight stays. The figures are equal to increases of 52.3% and 58.4%, respectively (+35.5% and +47.9% in August), according to the National Statistics Institute.

However, the numbers in September 2021 were still lower than those in September 2019. The number of guests and overnight stays fell by 28.9% and 26.6%, respectively.

The domestic market contributed 2.6 million overnight stays (up by 26.8%), exceeding the same period in 2019 (+15.6%). Non-resident overnight stays doubled compared to September 2020 (+100.7%), totalling 3.0 million overnight stays. However, those numbers were well below those in September 2019 (-43.9%).

The INE also noted tourist accommodation establishments’ income reached 355.5 million euros in total and 268.6 million euros just for rooms. Compared to September 2019, total income decreased by 29.1%, and the income from rooms decreased by 29.8%. The average revenue per available room (RevPAR) stood at €47.90 in September (€71.90 in August). Average income per occupied room (ADR) reached €92 in September (€116.20 in August). In September 2019, RevPAR stood at €66.30 and ADR €97.20.

Recorded income from January to September 2021 exceeded the total for the whole of 2020. In this period, there were increases of 33.3% in total revenues and 35.3% in room revenues. Compared to the same period of 2019, turnover fell by 53.0% and 52.7%, respectively.

In the first nine months of 2021, Portugal hosted 11.1 million guests for 30.2 million overnight stays, corresponding to increases of 14.5% and 18.7%, respectively, for tourist accommodation establishments, camping and holiday camps and youth hostels).