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Number of overnight stays in the Algarve falls short of 2019 levels

15 FEBRUARY 2024
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The average stay of tourists in the Algarve fell by 3.8%, especially among foreigners, and the number of overnight stays fell by -2.5%.
Number of overnight stays in the Algarve falls short of 2019 levels
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Author: Redaction

Portuguese tourism ended 2023 with records compared to the pre-pandemic period, having recorded 30 million guests and 77.2 million overnight stays, totalling annual increases of 13.3% and 10.7% respectively, and managing to surpass 2019 levels "for the first time". However, there was one region where this didn't happen.

In the Algarve, the only region in the country that remains below 2019 levels, 2.5 per cent fewer overnight stays were recorded, although the number of guests grew by 1.4 per cent.

These figures reflect a 3.8 per cent drop in the average stay of tourists in the Algarve, especially among foreigners, with foreign markets recording the biggest decrease in average stay (-4.2 per cent). This figure reflects the 3% increase in the number of guests, as well as the 1.2% decrease in overnight stays, meaning that "foreign guests, although in greater numbers compared to 2019, made shorter stays in the Algarve".

As for Portuguese tourists, the analysis concludes that they sought out the Algarve less than in the pre-pandemic period, and in 2023 they fell short of 2019, with 2.8 per cent. Stays, by the way, were also lower, at -3.7 per cent, "leading to a 6.4 per cent decrease in overnight stays".

However, despite the analysis, between 2019 and 2023, the Algarve continued to be "the main national tourist destination in terms of the number of overnight stays", even though its market share fell by 3.4% in this period, from 29.8% of the number of overnight stays in 2019 to 26.4% in 2023.

Thus, the southern region was the third main national destination in terms of number of guests, accounting for 17.1 per cent compared to 18.7 per cent in 2019, followed by the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, with 29.3 per cent in 2023 compared to 30.3 per cent in 2019, and the north, with 23.2 per cent compared to 21.6 per cent in 2019.

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