The official data provider revealed that the tourism sector in Portugal experienced a huge jump in January of 2022, with the number of accommodations reaching 853,200 and two million overnights recorded.
According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), tourist accommodation reached an increase of 183.7 percent on an annual basis, while overnight accommodation in Portugal grew by 185.9 percent during the same period, TheSchengen.com reports.
Although the number is higher than the rates for December when the number of guests increased by 148.9 per cent and the number of nights reached 169.7 per cent, tourism levels are well below the January 2020 rates, when restrictions such as travel bans were not imposed by governments – up to About 39.9 percent of guests and 38.8 percent of overnight stays.
The first month of the year showed a productive domestic market as it contributed 857,700 nights, an increase of 104.5 percent over December, and the total overseas markets reached 1.1 million, an increase of about 308.7 percent over the previous month.
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However, compared to January 2020, the numbers are down 20.1 percent in overnight stays and 47.9 percent in international arrivals. All major overseas markets registered increases in January, accounting for 84.7 percent of the overnight stay of foreigners in tourist accommodation establishments this month.
According to Markets, the British remained Portugal’s largest tourism market for the month of January 2022. They made up 14.6 percent of all non-resident overnight stays, followed by German nationals at 13.4 percent of all arrivals and Brazilians at 9.4 percentage points. .
Additionally, during January, 41 percent of tourist accommodation establishments were closed or had no guest movement due to the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, compared to December when 37 percent of establishments were available.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the increase in the demand for travel in Portugal has resulted in the need for more than 85,000 workers in the industry as the workload is greater than the current staff to handle.
Julia Simpson, president of the WTTC, noted in this regard that “Portugal’s economic recovery could be in jeopardy if we don’t have enough people to fill those jobs when tourists return.”
The shortage of workers in the industry is putting many companies in difficulty, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated all industries.