Tourism continues to struggle with the effects of the pandemic. The tourist accommodation sector registered one million guests and 2,4 million overnight stays in October, which corresponds to falls of 59,3% and 63%, respectively, compared to September, according to a quick estimate by the National Institute of Tourism. Statistics (INE), released this Monday.
Overnight stays from residents will have decreased by 21% and those from non-residents will have decreased by 76,2%. These figures compare, respectively, with 8,5% and 71,9% falls in September.
In October, 29,9% of tourist accommodation establishments will have been closed or did not register any guest movements. This figure compares with the 24% registered in September.
The Alentejo region was the most affected by the crisis that the sector is going through, according to INE. "The Alentejo will have continued to show the smallest decrease in the number of overnight stays, compared to the same month, showing a decrease of 29,8% (-20,9% in the previous month)", reads.
Highlight for the recovery felt in the Algarve, which saw an increase of 4% in overnight stays from residents, which "may have been related to the holding of a sporting event this month in the region", namely the Portuguese Grand Prix in Formula 1, at the Portimão International Autodrome.