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Overnight stays decreased
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Overnight stays decreased - April 2024
31 May 2024


The tourist accommodation sector registered 2.6 million guests and 6.5 million overnight stays in April 2024, corresponding to variations of -3.7% and -4.3%, respectively (+12.3% and +12.8% in March 2024, in the same order). Overnight stays by residents grew by 12.5% to 1.8 million, while those by non-residents increased by 0.8%, totaling 4.8 million.

In external markets, the British was the main one in April (share of 18.2%), having registered a decrease of 0.2%, followed by Germany (share of 11.7%), which grew by 2.0%. The Spanish market (share of 6.9%) stood out for its significant decrease (-42.5%).

In April, there was some regional heterogeneity in the evolution of overnight stays. RA Açores (+7.5%) recorded the most significant increase, while slighter growths were observed in RA Madeira (+0.8%), Oeste e Vale do Tejo (+0.5%) and Grande Lisboa (+0.1%). In the remaining regions, there were decreases in overnight stays, most markedly in Alentejo (-11.3%) and Algarve (-9.9%). 

Occupancy in tourist accommodation establishments decreased in April, to 47.3% and 57.5%, respectively, in net bed and room occupancy rates (-3.6 p.p. and -2.7 p.p. in the same order).

It should be noted that these results were influenced by the calendar's moving structure, i.e., by the effect of the Easter holiday period, which last year was concentrated only in April whereas this year was spread over March and April. 

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