[NOTE: Since the reference month of January 2018, the preliminary monthly results cover the entire collective tourist accommodation sector, which aggregates hotel establishments (hotels, apartment hotels, tourist apartments, tourist villages, “pousadas”  and “Quintas da Madeira”), rural tourism and local lodging. Consequently, the data released this month are different from those presented by INE in its press release, which maintains the old model. It should be highlighted, that in the publication edited by DREM, Table I.6 summarises the main information according to the previous model and for that reason, the values presented in this table coincide with those published monthly by INE. It should also be noted that for the variables establishments, capacity, bed occupancy rate, income and RevPAR, the data excludes local lodging establishments with a capacity of less than 10 beds.]

In February 2018

Tourism accommodation sector maintains positive growth in the main indicators

Initial estimates of tourism accommodation for February 2018 show increases in the tourism indicators with positive year-on-year rates of change in overnight stays (+4.4%), total revenue (+11.2%) and lodging revenue (+9.0%).

In the month of reference, the number of overnight stays in the Autonomous Region of Madeira topped 558.9 thousand. The total revenue and the revenue from accommodation were 26.9 and 17.1 million euros, respectively.

The overnight stays in hotel establishments were responsible for 84.8% of the total (up by 2.8% y-o-y), while overnight stays in rural tourism (accounting for 1.7% of total) increased by 31.2% compared to the same month of the previous year, partly explained by the reclassification of a hotel establishment in rural tourism. In turn, the local lodging registered a 12.3% increase in overnight stays, representing 13.6% of the total.

Looking at the data broken down by market, it should be highlighted that, compared to February 2017, the year-on-year change rates in nights spent by foreign tourists and the Portuguese were +2.7% and +22.5%, respectively.

The bed occupancy rate in the reference month reached 58.7%, up by 4.1 percentage points over the same month of the previous year.

The average income per room (RevPAR) recorded a year-on-year change rate of 4.3%, increasing to € 40.09.


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