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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.
“Turismo de Portugal” has set ambitious goals for the coming decade, following a 17% jump in tourism in January:
- a) A 4% annual increase, thereby doubling overnight stays by 2027;
- b) Reduce seasonality by one third by increasing off-season offerings over the same period;
- c) Boost training and qualifications of hotel and restaurant personnel;
- d) Bolster national approval for tourism to 90% of the population;
- e) Enhance conservation and appreciation of Portugal’s cultural and national heritage;
- f) Strengthen competitiveness and innovation;
- 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.
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.
In 2016, the 1.6 million inhabitants of Barcelona were “overwhelmed” by more than 32 million tourists who “overloaded the city”. The City Council has approved legislation to limit the influx of tourists after more than 25 years of intense promotion of the city as a tourist destination. The plan will only have an impact after 2019. The tourism industry opposes the new plan, which says that the legislation “demonizes tourists.”
Algarve hotels have registered 7.4 million overnight stays in the first six months of the year, up 13.3% over the same period of 2015. Algarve Tourism stated that 2016 should be the best year ever. Through June, Faro airport recorded 3.1 million passengers, an increase of 18.6%
According to the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, a partnership with the Airbnb platform is in the pipeline to end illegal rentals. It is the hope that such collaboration will greatly reduce Local Lodging tax evasion.
In the first 2 months of 2016, the number of visitors to Portugal increased by 11.4% when compared to the beginning of last year. Over the same period, income from tourism has also increased by over €1,175,000,000.
A member received the info from a service provider that he doesn’t need an energy certificate as he is only renting out for four months per year.
We received this answer from an expert in the field:
The Legislation (Law 128/2014) or the new portaria does not have that information yet, because the Tourism of Portugal is still waiting for an answer from the Department of Energy. A provider cannot say if it or not necessary, because even the Legislator is not yet ready to answer this question.
This is exactly what the secretary of tourism has answered in the last seminar in Albufeira.
Because the legislation is not clear and it says that any property rented or available to the public needs a energy certificate it’s better to follow the rules.