Portugal’s tourism sector slumps back to 1980s levels amid pandemic

The National Statistics Institute (INE) said just under 4 million foreign tourists stayed in Portuguese hotels in 2020, a nearly 76% slump from a record 16.4 million in 2019.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Portugal’s once-booming tourism sector suffered its worst results since the mid-1980s last year as the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns worldwide grounded flights and kept visitors away, official data showed on Monday, February 15th.

The National Statistics Institute (INE) said just under 4 million foreign tourists stayed in Portuguese hotels in 2020, a nearly 76% slump from a record 16.4 million in 2019, while the number of overnight stays by non-residents dropped 75% to 12.3 million, its lowest level since 1984.

Tourism previously played a crucial role in Portugal’s . . .

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