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Slight reduction in overnight stays and shorter stays
Tourism activity
Slight reduction in overnight stays and shorter stays - March 2014
16 May 2014

Tourism accommodation establishments recorded 2.7 million overnight stays in March 2014 (-0.8% than in March 2013, following a 6.5% increase in February 2014). Overnight stays from residents declined by 3.1% (+1.9% in the previous month), while non residents spent almost the same number of overnight stays (+0.2%, following +8.6% in February). With regard to the main inbound markets evolution, the emphasis went to the positive contributions of Brazil (+34.5%), Belgium (+34.3%) and France (+15.1%) and the declines of Spain (-42.7%) and Ireland (-15.3%).
These less favourable results are closely related to a calendar effect, since Easter was celebrated in April 2014, while in 2013 it was celebrated in March.
Revenue rose (2.9% in total revenue and 3.1% in revenue from accommodation) but less so when compared with February 2014 (7.3% and 7.6%, respectively).

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