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More tourists travelling solo and staying with friends

in News · 28-11-2013 14:40:00 · 2 Comments

A new study carried out by the Portuguese Tourism Board has shown that despite the number of tourists to Portugal being on the up, more and more of them are opting to travel alone and stay with friends or family.

More tourists travelling solo and staying with friends

While the way that tourists are choosing to explore Portugal may be changing, the reason they come here remains the same – the weather – and more than 90 percent of visitors who took part in the survey said they intend coming back.
The national Tourism Board’s ‘Tourist Satisfaction’ survey is based on interviews carried out with 834 tourists from seven countries in August and September this year.
It is an annual project carried out since 2010 and aims to show what pleases and displeases visitors most about this country.
This year 67 percent of the holidaymakers said they would “definitely” be back to Portugal sometime in the next three years, while 27 percent said they would “probably” be back within that period.
Ninety-seven percent of Scandinavian tourists to Portugal vowed to return.
However, in comparison to 2012, the survey revealed that in the space of a year a lot has changed about the way that the interviewed tourists – from Spain, France, Brazil, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands – spend their time in Portugal, starting with the fact that more and more visitors are travelling alone.
Solo travellers made up 16 percent of the respondents in this year’s survey, whereas last year they represented just seven percent of participants.
Tourists travelling with children dropped significantly, from 24 percent in 2012 to nine percent this year, while people travelling with fellow adults remain approximately the same, rising slightly from 70 to 75 percent.
More and more vacationers are staying in Portugal for free, with friends or family, up nine percent on last year’s figures, rising from 10 to 19 percent. On the other hand, villa and apartment rentals have fallen from 27 percent in 2012 to 12 percent this year.
More than half of the queried visitors (52 percent) chose to stay in a hotel, apart-hotel or B&B, down just one percent on last year’s results.
Interestingly, six percent of the respondents said that they had stayed in a property belonging to them, up from the one percent registered last year.
By region, the most popular destinations have stayed the same but Lisbon has overtaken the Algarve as the number one place to visit.
This year, 48 percent of the tourists participating in the study said they had preferred to explore the capital, while 42 percent headed south to the Algarve.
Last year the Algarve had attracted 46 percent of visitors as Lisbon drew 42 percent.
Contrary to last year’s findings, this year more holidaymakers are being swayed to visit Portugal via recommendations from family and friends than by what they see on the Internet, though the main reason for their holiday is, as it has been since 2010, the weather.
The vast majority of foreign visitors leave Portugal satisfied, particularly with the landscape, gastronomy, wine and beaches, but it seems services – more specifically health, car rental, restaurant and water sports services – leave something to be desired.
When asked what they would most like to see changed in Portugal the respondents were decisive in answering they would like a solution to the economic crisis, cheaper prices and less pollution.

Comments

I am very surprised at the answers to the question of
'what would tourists most like to see changed in Portugal'

cheaper prices? for what? food and accommodation must surely be amongst the cheapest in Europe..If its Golf theres a huge choice. with a wide range of prices…unlike many other golfing destinations..I as a resident would not wish Portugal to become a third world country with an even more exploited working population…they are already paid the lowest wages ..
As to 'less pollution' ? where on earth do these tourists come from? Portugal has to be one of the least polluted countries on the planet…
by Jenny Bertenshaw from Algarve on 02-12-2013 09:51:00
Being a Portuguese lady myself resident in the UK, I cannot avoid to compare the costumer service in both countries and feel sad about the way we are treated in Portugal in any shop, café, restaurant, any public place. The lack of a smile accompanied by the words thank you...would be very much appreciated and would make the transactions so much easy and pleasant.
by Lisa from UK on 29-11-2013 02:26:00

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