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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Easter drives increase in hotel business - INE

Lisbon, May 15 (Lusa) - Easter drove hotel activity in Portugal, with the number of guests rising 11.6% to 1.5 million and overnight stays by 10.3% to 4 million in March, compared to the same month fo 2017, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Tuesday.
The increase in guests in February was 6.5% and in overnight stays was 6.2%, according to INE, which recorded a rise in the first quarter of this year of 7.7% in number of guests and 7.6% in overnight stays.
Overnight stays in hotels accounted for 71.9% of the total, rising by 11.1% in March, with three-star units seeing significant growth (14.5%), in line with previous months.
In tourist accommodation, the rise was 22.7%, 13.8% in tourist apartments and 12.8% at inns.
In the March statistics, the rise in overnight stays by Portuguese nationals increased, registering growth of 16.3% against 7.9% in February, resulting in 1.1 million overnight stays, "a result influenced by the calendar effect of the Easter period, with an impact at the end of the month."
In terms of foreign markets, the increase was of 8.2% (5.5% in February) to 2.9 million overnight stays.
In the quarter, overnight stays increased by 10.5% for residents and 6.4% for non-residents.
INE noted that the Spanish market (12.7% of the total), "traditionally sensitive to the 'Easter effect'" showed significant growth of 75.1%, while in the first quarter it grew 30%.


Agency : LUSA

Date : 2018-05-16 08:36:11


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