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Tourism continues to set records

Guests in tourist accommodations increased to the highest level in 10 years during the first quarter of 2017. Madeira’s hotels recorded the strongest occupancy rate (75%), followed by Lisbon (67%) and Porto (63%).  Nationwide, foreign visitors are up 10% over a 12 month period. By nationality, the largest rise came from Brazilians (68%), Polish (40%) and Americans (34%).  Urban tourism is one of the major trends in demand. The country’s security is perceived as one of the main criteria, followed by climate, culture and cuisine.

Portugal pioneers in Local Lodging

Innovation in the regulation of local lodging has made Portugal a case study. Short term holiday letting is an integral part of the current Portuguese tourism boom. Dilapidated heritage districts in Lisbon and Oporto have a new lease on life with private investment driving much needed restoration. As with any phenomenon of rapid and disorderly growth, distortions have emerged. But this should not be a pretext to kill the chicken that lays the golden egg.

Airbnb generates more than one billion Euros in Portugal in 2016

The online hosting platform generated €1.07 billion in Portugal last year, almost half in Lisbon. Airbnb said that this figure accounts for “all the money that Airbnb guests spend during their stay as well as the amounts that hosts with ads on the platform earn in their hosting activity.”

Airbnb generates more than one billion Euros in Portugal in 2016

The online hosting platform generated €1.07 billion in Portugal last year, almost half in Lisbon. Airbnb said that this figure accounts for “all the money that Airbnb guests spend during their stay as well as the amounts that hosts with ads on the platform earn in their hosting activity.”

Hotel group leader supports Local Lodging

In an interview with the “Jornal de Negócios” and “Antena 1“, the president of the Pestana group, José Theotónio, declared that: “Airbnb, Local Lodging and hostels are all welcome. They represent competition but are necessary to build Portugal as a cosmopolitan and sustainable tourist destination.” This statement signals a significant turn-around in the tradition hostility voiced by the hotel industry towards peer-to-peer holiday lettings.

Tax Office to offer direct debit

The Tax Office (AT) is working on a system which will allow taxpayers to pay their taxes by direct debit with a simple payment order. This “Simplex” measure should be available by the end of 2017. The expectation is that the “IUC” road tax and the “IMI” property tax will be the most likely candidates for this method of payment. They are the basis  of many fines for delays due to taxpayer forgetfulness

Ambitious 10-year plan for Tourism

“Turismo de Portugal” has set ambitious goals for the coming decade, following a 17% jump in tourism in January:

  1. a) A 4% annual increase, thereby doubling overnight stays by 2027;
  2. b) Reduce seasonality by one third by increasing off-season offerings over the same period;
  3. c) Boost training and qualifications of hotel and restaurant personnel;
  4. d) Bolster national approval for tourism to 90% of the population;
  5. e) Enhance conservation and appreciation of Portugal’s cultural and national heritage;
  6. f) Strengthen competitiveness and innovation;
  7. g) Improve qualifications and inclusion of activities and residents.

Tourism already represents 17% of gross domestic product and the view is optimistic for on-going growth and improvement.

77% of Local Lodging offerings in the Algarve

According to latest estimates (February 2017), there are now over 33,700 Local Lodging establishments in Portugal. Of these, the overwhelming majority – more than 77% – are concentrated in the Algarve, according to “Confidencial Imobiliário”.

Significant rise in Lisbon tourism

Those who live and work in Lisbon like tourists who visit the Portuguese capital. More than 90% of the population favours the presence of tourists. In addition, the contribution of tourism to the economic activity of the Lisbon Region is significant. In 2015 it amounted to 8.4 billion euros, corresponding to an average annual growth of 8% over the previous 10 years according to a survey by Intercampus and Deloitte Studies.

Cascais to charge Tourist Tax in February

The Municipality of Cascais will begin charging a tourist tax as of February 1st. All overnight stays in hotels, hostels and local lodging establishments will be subject to the charge of one euro per night, up to a maximum of five euros per stay.

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