Azores record 11.4% rise in overnight stays in accommodation in February

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The Azores once again increased the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation in February, with a rise of 11.4%, after two months in which they registered year-on-year reductions, according to data revealed today by the Regional Statistics Service (SREA).

“In February, all tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment hotels, tourist apartments, pousadas, local accommodation units and rural tourism units) in the Azores recorded 154.8 thousand overnight stays, 11.4% more than in the same month of the previous year,” reads the SREA’s tourism activity report for February, released today.

The region had seen a 5.4% drop in overnight stays in tourist accommodation in December and a 2.5% drop in January, both of which were more pronounced among domestic tourists.

In February, the number of overnight stays by tourists resident in Portugal (86.3 thousand) increased again (8.5%), accounting for more than half of the total (55.7%).

Nonetheless, foreign tourists showed greater growth (15.2%), with a total of 68,500 overnight stays, equivalent to 44.3% of the total.

Among the foreign market, the United States of America “stood out as the main source market, with 13.7 thousand overnight stays” (20.1% of overnight stays from residents abroad) and “a year-on-year growth of 30.7%”.

This was followed by Germany, with 9,300 overnight stays (13.5%), albeit down 3.5% on the same period last year, and Canada, also with 9,300 overnight stays (13.5%), which grew by 45.3%.

The growth of the Canadian and US markets was only surpassed by the Polish market, which saw a year-on-year increase of 114.7%.

The markets of Hungary (-40.1%), Austria (-31.7%) and Israel (-22.3%) all fell.

According to the SREA, “hotels accounted for 63.9% of all overnight stays (99,000), followed by local accommodation with 33.5% (51,900) and rural tourism with 2.5% (3,900)”.

Considering only the two main tourist accommodation establishments, hotels and local accommodation, which accounted for 97.5% of total overnight stays in February, the islands with the biggest year-on-year increases were Faial (31.2%), Santa Maria (31.1%) and Graciosa (21.7%).

Pico (12.5%), Terceira (11%) and São Miguel (10.1%) also saw an increase in the number of overnight stays, while Corvo (-24.4%), São Jorge (-20.5%) and Flores (-3.5%) saw a drop.

With 110.6 thousand overnight stays, the island of São Miguel, the largest in the archipelago, concentrated 73.3% of the total overnight stays in hotels and local accommodation, followed by Terceira, with 23.6 thousand overnight stays (15.6%), Faial, with 7.5 thousand overnight stays (5.0%), and Pico, with 4.1 thousand overnight stays (2.7%).

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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