There was a total of 1.08 million overnight stays by Brazilian tourists in Portuguese hotels between January and November 2012, as compared to 1.01 million in the 12 months of the previous year, the Portuguese National Statistics Institute (INE) said in Lisbon.
In November alone Portugal’s hotels had over 70,000 overnight stays by Brazilian tourists, representing 16 percent growth compared to the same month of 2011. Overnight stays by tourists from France rose by 30 percent in the same period and from Ireland rose by 19 percent.
From January to November Brazil was in sixth place amongst the countries that sent most tourists to Portugal. The biggest market was the United Kingdom (6.2 million overnight stays), followed by Germany (3.6 million) and then Spain, France and the Netherlands.
The hotel occupancy rate in November was 25.3 percent, whilst the average rate for 2012 was 40.7 percent, INE said. (macauhub)