Europe welcomed 671 million international tourist arrivals in 2017, an outstanding 8% growth compared to 2016 (+2%). Europe has consolidated, for the eight consecutive year, its position as the leading destination worldwide.
According to the latest European Travel Commission‘s “European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects“, regional expansion was supported by the economic growth in major source markets and the recovery of destinations previously affected by security concerns. Almost all monitored destinations saw increases in tourist arrivals with more than a half growing in excess of 10%
Destinations in Southern/Mediterranean Europe Montenegro (+19%), Serbia (+18%) Malta (+16%), Slovenia and Cyprus (both +15%) also boosted growth and have proved their success in overcoming seasonality. Finland (+14%) enjoyed a solid increase fuelled by Chinese and Indian arrivals. Established summer destinations Croatia (+14%), Portugal (+12%) and Spain (+9%) also saw healthy growth.
Along with the EU context, the Tourism in Portugal has been growing steadily, reaching in 2017 the highest numbers ever.
The past year Portugal reached the following numbers, in comparison to 2016:
- +8,9% in guests
- +7,4% in bed nights
- +16,6% in profits
The highest bed night numbers were reached in:
- The Azores, +15,8%
- The Centre region, +14,5%
The top 5 incoming markets, overall, with the following quota:
- UK 15,3%
- SP 13,6%
- FR 10,6%
- DE 10,3%
- BR 6,9%
The main intercontinental incoming markets, with the following market quota:
- Brazil, 6,9%, increasing +39% than in 2016
- United States, 5,4%, increasing +35,3% than in 2016
The increasing number of new air routes have been contributing to these improvements, especially during main seasonality (November to February), as well as other key factors as security, stability, the increase of the country’s visibility and other incentives for tourist attractiveness.
In the following links you can have an overview of the air network from Porto and Lisbon.