Turnover from tourism grew by 13.9% in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year and amounted to 6.9 billion euro, according to data from the Bank of Portugal (BdP) Tuesday. In June, tourism revenues increased by 13.6% compared to the same month in 2017, to 1.43 billion euros, according to data from the BdP, issued by Turismo de Portugal.
The most significant increase in tourism revenues was recorded in March (20.3%), May (19.5%) and February (16.1%), which are traditionally less registered for tourism. In the first six months of the year, Ireland (33.7%), Italy (20.6%), the United States (18.5%) and Belgium (17.2%) grew the most.
In a statement, the Office of the Secretary of State for Tourism underlined the fact that "the tourist income in Portugal grows 5 times more than the growth in the number of guests." In the first half of the year, the number of guests grew by 2.6% to 9.6 million and the overnight stays increased by 0.5% to 25.4 million, the Secretary of State remembers.
Total tourism revenues increased by 8.9% to EUR 1,510 million and passengers arriving at airports grew by 9% to 12.8 million. "The balance of tourism in the first half of the year amounted to more than 4,600 million euros, an increase of 17.3% compared to the value recorded in the first six months of 2017," said the minister.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, quoted in the statement that the figures "show that tourism continues to grow throughout the year", noting that the pace of revenue means that Portugal "increases in value", attracting tourists spend more "" Portugal is increasingly affirming for the quality and diversity of the offer and for being a destination for the whole year ", says Ana Mendes Godinho.