The pandemic context continued to severely affect tourist trips made by residents in the 1st quarter of 2021, having been made 1.6 million trips, which corresponded to a variation of -57.6% (-57.4% in the 4th quarter of 2020). This reduction was very significant with regard to domestic trips which, although concentrating 97.0% of the trips, decreased by 53.3%, but was even more intense in trips abroad, which declined by 89.5%.
In this quarter, the "visit to relatives or friends" was the main reason for travelling (750.7 thousand trips, -48.8%), having increased its representativeness (47.3% of the total, compared do 39.3% in the same quarter of the previous year). The reason "leisure, recreation or holidays" corresponded to 415.8 thousand trips (26.2% of the total, -14.6p.p.), decreasing by 72.7%.
“Hotels and similar" concentrated 5.5% of overnight stays resulting from tourism trips in the 1st quarter of 2021, losing weight in the total (-15.7 p.p.). “Free private accommodation" remained the main choice (88.7% of overnight stays, +14.8 p.p.).