Tourist travel of the Portuguese population abroad increased by 48.8% in 2021, and travel within the national territory grew by 20.2%, announced Wednesday, April 27, the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
According to the statistics of tourist demand from the population, published by the National Institute of Statistics, last year, the trips taken by the population grew by 21.6% and the total number of their trips reached 17.5 million, which represents a decrease of 28.4% compared to 2019, the last full year before the year the past. Covid-19 epidemic.
Domestic flights increased by 20.2% and outbound flights grew by 48.8% (-22.7% and -67.4%, in the same order, compared to 2019; -35.7% and -78.1%, respectively, in 2020), according to the National Institute of Statistics. In the tourist request document of the population was issued today.
The National Institute of Statistics confirms that there was an increase in the number of trips in 2021 compared to 2020, when 14.41 million trips were recorded, and that “the gradual approach continued until the levels of 2019”, the year in which 24.46 million trips were collected. Travel.
In 2021, the main reason for travel was “leisure, recreation or vacation”, which was associated with 52.5% of the total and corresponding to 9.2 million trips, followed by “visits to family or friends” (36.8%), “professional or business” (5.6 %).
1.01 million trips abroad accounted for 5.8% of the total, up 1.1 percentage points from 2020, with “leisure, recreation or vacation” being the biggest reason (49.7%).
At the national level, the Center region was the main destination for trips made on the national territory, accounting for 29.2% of the total (3.2 percentage points lower). [p.p.] compared to the previous year), followed by the North District (22.2%, +0.4 pg).
The Algarve was the most developed region, gaining 1.4 percent and was the third largest destination for national travel, with 17.4%.
Spain (43.7%) and France (11.6%) were the main destinations for foreign trips, with the first destination growing by 13.3 points and the second declining by 4.5 points.
Italy ranked third among the most visited destinations, with 5.6%, while the United Kingdom left the “platform” and fell to sixth place, with 2.9% (recording 8.4% of resident trips abroad in 2020).
Hotels and similar hotels concentrated 23.4% of overnight stays generated by cruises in 2021, gaining weight in total (+2.7p), while free private accommodations remained the primary choice for travelers (66.3% of overnight stays, -2.9p).
According to data from the National Institute of Statistics, Internet use occurred in 19.1% of trips in 2021, “a number that rises to 64.1% when only considering travel abroad.”
The average number of nights per tourist recorded a decrease in 2021, with each resident tourist sleeping, on average, 6.62 nights on cruise trips (6.72 in 2020 and 5.45 in 2019).
The highest average duration was recorded “in the epidemic months of January and February 2021 (9.70 nights and 6.64 nights, respectively)”.
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