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Portugal Sees Jump in Tourist Arrivals Over Summer Months

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 17, 2016

Portugal Sees Jump in Tourist Arrivals Over Summer Months

 PHOTO: Sintra, Portugal. (courtesy Thinkstock) 

In the wake of terror attacks, TravelPulse noted that travel to Spain and Portugal were seen as safer options to other European destinations. 

“A report from Bloomberg shows both trending increases as well as last-minute anecdotal evidence from operators and properties in both countries that matchup with decreases in typical European travel destinations like France and Turkey,” wrote TravelPulse’s Michael Schottey. 

In light of this and Portugal’s overall growing popularity with travelers, it makes sense that the country would experience a bump in tourism, which is exactly what the Daily Mail is reporting

“Boosted in part by safety concerns that led to travelers avoiding places such as Turkey and north Africa, tourist numbers in Portugal have been growing since 2011, helping the country overcome its economic and debt crisis,” notes the publication. 

Hotel stays are also up in the country. 

“The National Statistics Institute said that 1.18 million foreign visitors stayed in Portuguese hotels in June, bringing the total so far this year to over 5 million, 13 percent higher than at the same time in 2015,” the Daily Mail reports.

The country is also seeing more foreign visitors than ever. 

READ MORE: There’s More To Porto Than Just Port Wine  

Last year, the number of foreign tourists surpassed 10 million for the first time after rising about 10 percent from the previous year.

No matter how you look at it, it’s a good year to go to Portugal

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