China, São Tomé and Príncipe and Greece, as well as the United States of America, are the countries where Portuguese tourists spent more by the end of October than in the whole year of 2012, indicate Bank of Portugal figures cited by the publication PressTUR.
But according to those same figures, despite the increases those destinations only account for 1 percent of total spending by Portuguese tourists.
China is the most important of those destinations, with 17 million euros spent by Portuguese tourists, though the sharpest rise was for São Tomé (up 427.4 percent) which also posted the biggest increase (2.6 million euros) over the 2012 total.
By the end of October Portuguese had spent 3.3 million euros in São Tomé. In the same period in 2012 the figure was 650,000 euros, with 672,000 euros for the whole year of 2012.
In China, spending by Portuguese rose from 11.7 million euros in the first 10 months of 2012 to 17 million euros in the same period of 2013, an increase of 45.6 percent or 5.3 million euros. That is 2.4 million euros more than the 14.6 million euros in the 12 months of 2012.
Tourism spending by the Portuguese in Greece was nearly 400,000 euros more than the 2012 total. Through October it totalled 6.8 million euros, up 1 million euros or 18 percent year-on-year.
China nevertheless only concentrates 0.6 percent of total tourism spending by the Portuguese from January through October, which amounted to 2.6241 billion euros. Greece accounts for 0.3 percent and São Tomé 0.1 percent. (macauhub)