The Portuguese weekly, “Expresso”, reports that the principal internet booking agencies view positively Portugal’s new law governing Local Lodging. This recent legislation regulates private homes when renting out homes to tourists, an activity previously stigmatised as being part of the underground economy.
The Local Lodging Regime also encompasses establishments that serve breakfast (Bed & Breakfast) as well as other meals if so desired. Hosts may also offer an in-house bar to their clients as long as is not open to the general public.
The portal, “HomeAway”, one of the principal internet booking services, has registered an increase of almost 40% in reservations made by Portuguese nationals. The most popular destinations for Portuguese travelers are Brazil, Italy and Spain.
The hotel booking service, “Booking”, reported 33% growth in reservations in Greater Lisbon area since January. The Portuguese based agency was founded in Loulé in 2005 and currently employs 33 people.