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Tourism in Portugal

Tourism in Portugal

Portugal recorded a total of 17 m tourists in 2019, ranking 31st in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Portugal, the result is much more comparable picture: With 1.7 tourists per resident, Portugal ranked 55th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 10th.

Portugal generated around 24.74 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 10.36 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 20 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Europe.

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The most popular cities in Portugal for international travelers are Lisbon and Porto. In 2019, Lisbon ranked 65th among the world's most popular cities with 3.64 m tourists. Porto was in 96th place with 2.49 m tourists.

Tourism in PortugalOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 1,261 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Portugal spend as much as 1,976 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Portugal from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Portugal each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 14 countries in Southern Europe.

Tourists per year in Portugal

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 5.65 bn USD, or about 4.8 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 9.51 m tourists at that time and roughly 594 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 24.74 bn USD, accounting for 10.36 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,440 USD for his holiday in Portugal.

Tourism receipts in Portugal per year

All data for Portugal in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201917.17 m24.74 bn $10.36 %1,440 $
201816.19 m24.37 bn $10.06 %1,505 $
201715.43 m21.59 bn $9.8 %1,399 $
201613.36 m17.35 bn $8.4 %1,299 $
201511.72 m16.01 bn $8.0 %1,365 $
201410.50 m17.58 bn $7.7 %1,674 $
20139.18 m16.08 bn $7.1 %1,752 $
20127.50 m14.58 bn $6.7 %1,943 $
20117.26 m14.91 bn $6.1 %2,053 $
20106.76 m12.98 bn $5.5 %1,922 $
20096.44 m12.34 bn $5.1 %1,917 $
20086.96 m14.07 bn $5.4 %2,021 $
20076.79 m12.95 bn $5.4 %1,907 $
200611.28 m10.48 bn $5.0 %929 $
200510.61 m9.04 bn $4.6 %852 $
200410.64 m8.90 bn $4.7 %836 $
200311.71 m7.68 bn $4.7 %656 $
200211.64 m6.64 bn $4.9 %570 $
200112.17 m6.26 bn $5.2 %515 $
200012.10 m6.03 bn $5.1 %498 $
199911.63 m6.05 bn $4.7 %520 $
199811.30 m6.39 bn $5.2 %566 $
199710.17 m5.42 bn $4.6 %532 $
19969.73 m5.57 bn $4.5 %573 $
19959.51 m5.65 bn $4.8 %594 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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