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Covid causes 33 million tourists to lose in Portugal

The number of foreign visitors to stay in Portugal has collapsed by 75% in one year.

The number of foreign visitors to stay in Portugal has collapsed by 75% in one year.

(AFP) – Portugal lost three out of four foreign tourists in 2020. Something seriously wrong with the national economy, 8% of gross domestic product of which has until then depended on this sector alone. Thus, on Monday, the Portuguese National Statistics Institute presented a record weighed down by covid-19. With the exception of the first two months of last year, “the pandemic had a significant impact on the annual results” of the entire sector.

The number of foreign tourists who visited Portugal literally collapsed (-75.7%), dropping to a ridiculous 3.99 million visitors received against more than 12 million in 2019. The domestic market has held up better than the markets international, with a drop of 39.2% to 6.5 million hosts.

In total, the Portuguese hotel sector will therefore have accommodated 10.5 million people, which represents a drop of 61.3% in the number of guests and a collapse in its turnover of 66.1% (to 1, 45 billion euros), said the Statistics Office.

Internationally, “all the main markets have recorded significant declines, over 65%,” noted the Ine, specifying that the British remained the main market for foreign tourists in the country, ahead of the Germans and the Spaniards.

The Portuguese economy shrank by 7.6% in 2020 after GDP rose 2.2% the previous year, according to a first estimate published in early February.


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