Overnight stays in Portugal's hotels and other tourist accommodation was in January up 12.6% on the same month of 2016, above all thanks to an increase in the number of foreign visitors, according to figures released on Wednesday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
The month saw 984,600 guests (up 14% on the year) staying a total of 2.4 million nights.
Overnight stays by Portuguese nationals were up 2.4% on the year while those by foreigners were up 17.6%.
Hotels accounted for just under 72% of all overnight stays; their total was up 15% on the year, while those at pousadas - units in a formerly state-owned network, many of them in castles or former monasteries - were up 27%.
The average number of nights stayed by guests was 2.43, down 1.2%, but the occupancy rate for beds was up 2.7 percentage points at 28.8%.
Revenue from sales of lodging and related services in January were up 18% on the year to €123 million.