According to Jornal Economico, in October, tourism in Madeira saw growth of 12.9% in guests, to 194.1 thousand, and 10.3% in overnight stays, to 988.8 thousand, compared to the same period last year, according to data from the Regional Statistics Directorate (DREM). Compared to the pre-pandemic period, for example in 2019, guests increased by 62% and overnight stays increased by 44.1%.

“In the Region, overnight stays from residents in Portugal increased by around 6.2% compared to the same month last year, reaching around 162.2 thousand (16.4% of the total), while those from residents abroad rose by 11.2%, placing up at 826.6 thousand. It should be noted that, compared to October 2019, the variation in overnight stays produced by residents in Portugal was +101.8%, being +36.4%, in the case of those generated by residents abroad. Guests arriving in October 2023, residing in the country, totalled 45.8 thousand, and those residing abroad, 148.3 thousand”, highlights DREM.

Foreign markets represented 83.6% of total overnight stays. “The German market is the one that records the most overnight stays, in October 2023, with around 209.9 thousand (+10.4% compared to the same month), followed by the United Kingdom, with 202.5 thousand (-1. 1%), and France, with 66.0 thousand (+13.1%)”, say the DREM data.

In October, 9.2% of tourist accommodation establishments were closed or had no guest movement.