The British have an open way to holiday in Portugal. If good vaccinations continue, Secretary of State for Tourism Rita Marques believes that 2021 will be better than 2020.
A better year than 2020, but far from reaching the level of 2019. The Minister of Tourism admitted that the green list prepared by the British and Scottish authorities entered the country, so there is no need for quarantine on the way home, which can play a role in promoting travel. But not only that. If vaccination continues to maintain a good rate and no new strains of covid-19 appear, tourist activity this year may accelerate.
“The outlook is optimistic. They are better than last year. We have had a very difficult year in 2020, and of course it will be very difficult, especially because we are already in May and almost half of the time has passed.” He admitted. However, “With the recent opening of the United Kingdom and the excellent market response to the opening, we are confident that we will resume some of the activities we lost in the past year. We will not be close to the 2019 figures. However, if the vaccination plan is , The new line of control and digital green certificates continue to do well, so our prospects for this year will be 20% to 30% higher than last year.”
By 2020, there will be approximately 10.5 million tourists in Portugal’s tourist accommodation units-of which only 3.9 million are non-residents-25.9 million overnight accommodations. Last Friday, the National Bureau of Statistics (INE) issued a satellite travel account (preliminary), the report said that by 2020, the cost of receiving tourism (tourism exports) will be “unprecedented”, a 50% decrease compared to 2019 In addition, in terms of nominal value, the total value added of the tourism industry (VABGT) in 2020 has fallen by 48.2% compared with the previous year. Compared with this, the GVA of the national economy has fallen by 4.6%.
On the other hand, according to satellite accounts, the country’s tourism consumption fell by 50.4%, while its GDP fell by 5.4%. The National Tourism Administration pointed out that by 2020, tourism imports have fallen by 46.1%, although the growth rate is lower than that of exports, which reflects the limitations of international travel.