The open borders brought 61,000 Spaniards here. Portugal on the green list guaranteed to travel to 60,000 UK.
In early May Portuguese society advanced towards a new phase of distrust. As for the tour, the first wind seemed to blow nicely. May had two related problems: the opening of the land border with Spain and the entry of Portugal into the Green List of England, which allowed the British to vacation in the national territory so that they would not have to be isolated when they returned home.
This allowed the Champions League final to be held in Portugal. It was played by two English clubs, which brought in many fans. Thus, statistics show that Spanish and English tourists accounted for one-third of overnight stays by non-residents of Portugal. Tourist accommodation units (hotels, local accommodation with more than ten beds and rural tourism) hosted just over 989,000 guests in May, of which more than 707,000 were residents of Portugal, according to the Institute National Statistics (INE). These are significant developments compared to the same month of 2020, because, at that time, activity was virtually discontinued due to the epidemic. However, compared to 2019, overnight stays dropped by almost 69%, while overnight stays from residents fell by 22%.
That month, more than two million shelters were registered overnight, and naturally, 1.2 million were made by residents. Portugal received 281,000 non-resident guests, who are responsible for more than 800,000 overnight stays. As the country received Spanish tourists who wanted to cross the border, there were 60,700 Spanish guests, who stayed more than 114,000 overnight.
French and German
According to the British, there were 59, 8 thousand guests staying in the hotel categories in the UK, who were responsible for 199.9 thousand overnight stays. May 2021 was the third month since the outbreak of the epidemic that the British stayed overnight.
Verification of Portugal’s inclusion in the Green List will help explain the arrival of more than 28,000 French guests (more than 72,000 overnight stays) and more than 26,000 Germans (with more than 86,000 overnight stays).
North, which hosted the final of the International Games, had nearly 248,000 guests and more than 406,000 overnight stays, 287,000 of whom were residents.
British and German tourists generally choose Algarve and Madeira as their destinations. In May, Alcarve had more than 167,000 guests, with an overnight stay of nearly 280,000.