Eurostat has just released the data pertaining to the number of Nights spent at Tourist Accommodation Establishments. This sector in Portugal stands now, in 2017, at 71.3 million. An 8% increase when compared to the previous year.
An increase far above the European Union average that stood at just 5.1%. With Portugal having the 4th largest annual increase among all EU Countries in comparative terms.
Of these 71.3 million nights spent, the vast majority, 68%, belong to non-residents, a nearly 10% increase when compared to 2016. Way above the Union’s total numbers, where residents still account for most of the nights spent. With non-residents being responsible for only 49%.
To reach these numbers Portugal has counted on the support of many Saudis and other residents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who choose Portugal more and more as their destination.