Hotel occupancy rates in Greater Porto for the passage of the year should be, on average, between 50% and 60%, announced this Wednesday the Tourism of Porto and North of Portugal (TPNP).
According to this entity, in recent days there has been a growing demand for tourists, which is why reservations have increased from 25% to 30% announced on Monday to double occupancy, two days later.
“The numbers were more modest at first, but following a new consultation a few days before New Year’s Eve, and despite the restrictive measures, the tourist ended up deciding to set the New Year’s Eve date, to which the perception of safety contributed greatly. the destination and the good health practices that the tourism offer in Porto and North has been implementing since the beginning”, says the TPNP.
Low density territories with 80% to 90% occupancy
In the low-density territories of Porto and North – outside urban centers – hotel reservations are between 80% and 90%.
The president of Tourism of Porto and North of Portugal, Luís Pedro Martins, points out that “the performance is still far from what the region expects and deserves”, but notes “with pleasure a considerable increase in the main indicators compared to 2020”.
According to the TPNP, the Porto e Norte destination “has been performing well this year”, hoping to “reach, or even surpass, the initially established target of closing 2021 with at least 50% of the rates reached in 2019, which had been the best year ever”.
Despite this “more positive context”, Tourism of Porto and North of Portugal says that “it is important to emphasize the need to maintain direct support to companies, considering the accumulated damage that the tourism sector has registered in the last two years”.
“In the accumulated between January and October 2021, we have already managed to reach the mark of 53.8% in the number of guests and 46.6% in the number of overnight stays registered in 2019. There are figures that give us great encouragement in the recovery of tourism, such as the the fact that we are the national destination that leads the ranking of guests in 2021”, says the president of Tourism of Porto e Norte, quoted in the statement.
In Douro, Minho and Trás-os-Montes, occupancy rates for New Year’s Eve “are even more encouraging, particularly in wine tourism and rural tourism units, which should reach average values between 80 and 90 percent”, according to the TPNP.
“It is natural that people look for refuges and more isolated places that they find, naturally, in low-density territories. However, we have been witnessing a significant recovery of tourists’ confidence in the hotel offer in the main cities of Porto and North, which has excellent health protocols”, adds Luís Pedro Martins.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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