[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. From the present release of information onwards, a new table, with data only for the hotel establishments will be available. Please notice that these data will not match the information released by INE, since it does not include “estalagens” (lodging houses) and “pensões” (boarding houses), which were reclassified as local lodging in DREM’s data.]

In 2018

Total and lodging revenue in the tourist accommodation sector of Madeira increased, despite the slight drop in the overnight stays

Initial estimates for December 2018 show an year-on-year increase in overnight stays (+3.6%), total revenue (+5.0%) and lodging revenue (+1.9%).

In the month of reference, the number of overnight stays in the Autonomous Region of Madeira stood at 497.4 thousand. Total revenue and revenue from accommodation reached 27.4 and 17.4 million euros, respectively.

Three of the four main markets showed an year-on-year increase in the number of overnight stays: Germany (+9.5%), Portugal (+7.5%) and the UK (+2.9%). The French market, in the other hand, had a decrease of 15.7% in the number of bednights.

Taking into consideration the results for the year 2018, the overnight stays decreased by 0.8%, while total and lodging revenue rose by 1.7% and by 1.8% over the previous year. The overnights stood at 8.3 million, while total and lodging revenue reached 426.9 million euros and 278.8 million euros, respectively. The preliminary results show that in 2018, the German market was the most important with 2.1 million overnight stays (-0.5% year-on-year), followed by the British market with 1.9 million bednights (-4.8% y-o-y). The residents in Portugal generated 1.0 overnight stays (+7.4% y-o-y), while the French market accounted for 770 thousand bednights (+3.3% y-o-y).

The overnight stays in hotel establishments dropped by 2.6% over 2017 and were responsible for 84.4% of the total, while the overnight stays in local lodging increased by 9.9% compared to the same month of the previous year and accounted for 13.8% of the total. In turn, rural tourism, which represented 1.8% of the total, registered a 15.3% increase in overnight stays.

The bed occupancy rate in December 2018 reached 43.9%. The annual rate stood at 62.4%, 3.7 percentage points lower than in 2017.

The monthly average income per room (RevPAR) recorded a year-on-year change rate of -3.2%, increasing to € 35.07. The annual RevPAR was € 47.39 (-1.5% than in 2017).

Fewer rounds played in Madeira’s golf courses in 2018

The data from the Golf Course Survey show that in 2018, the number of rounds played in the three golf courses of the Autonomous Region of Madeira stood at 66,166 (-1.6% compared to 2017). This activity generated 2.5 million euros. 75.1% of those rounds were played by non-members, mainly coming from Nordic countries, Germany and the UK. 59.7% of the total rounds were sold by hotel establishments and similar, 22.4% by the tour operators and the remaining 17.9% by the golf courses themselves.

Number of transit passengers aboard cruise ships in Madeira’s ports in 2018 almost unchanged

According to the data provided by the Port’s authority, 536,874 transit passengers aboard cruise ships were counted in 2018, a 0.1% drop when compared to the previous year.

The number of cruise ships that visited Madeira in 2018 was the same as in 2017 (293).

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