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DREM releases a new time series of the Travel Survey of Residents

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) releases today, for the first time, on its website, a statistical time series of the Travel Survey of Residents. This statistical operation allows to estimate the number of journeys and overnight stays made by the residents in national territory. These data are detailed by purpose and duration of the trip. The Resident Survey is a quarterly statistical operation based on Computer Assisted Telephone Interview directed to a sample of main residence non-collective dwellings.

In 2016, the estimated trips taken by residents in the Autonomous Region of Madeira by purpose of "Leisure, recreation or holidays" with the duration of at least one night stood at 89.0 thousand, representing a 24.6% increase from 2015. 47.6% of the trips related to this purpose had a duration of four nights or over.

“Visits to relatives or friends" generated 64.9 thousand trips in 2016 with a duration of at least one night, up by 26.3% from 2015. 47.5% of these trips registered a duration of 4 nights or over. 

In 2016, 204.7 thousand trips to the Autonomous Region of Madeira with a duration of at least one night were taken by residents in the Portuguese territory (including trips made by the residents in the Autonomous Region of Madeira inside their own Region). Of that total 83.6 thousand had a duration of 4 nights or over. Compared to 2015, there was a 7.2% increase in the trips with a duration of at least one night, while in those which lasted 4 nights or over there was a 22.3% decline. The 2010-2016 period is marked by an irregular trend, and the 2012 recession is also captured by the data. However from 2013 onwards, a growth trend started, which peaked in 2016.

In the trips to the Autonomous Region of Madeira with a duration of at least one night the “Leisure, recreation or holidays” purpose stands out, representing 62.6% of the total number of trips, while “Visits to family or friends” amounted to 26.9% and “business and professional” trips had a share of 9.4%.

In the trips with a duration of four or more nights, the percentage associated to “Leisure, recreation or holidays” stood at 69.6% in that year, while “Visits to family or friends” and “Business and professional” trips represented only 25.5% and 5.0%, respectively, of the total number of trips with that duration.

In the case of “Leisure, recreation or holidays”, in 2016, 53.8% of the trips to the Autonomous Region of Madeira with the duration of at least one night were carried out by residents in Mainland Portugal and in the Azores, while in “Visits to family or friends” this percentage dropped to 33.4%.

In 2016, in the trips with a longer duration (four nights or over), the percentages of trips taken by residents in Mainland Portugal and the Azores to the Autonomous Region of Madeira stood at 63.9% for “Leisure, recreation or holidays” and at 66.7% for “Visits to family or friends”.    

The pace of growth of the overnight stays of the touristic trips to the Autonomous Region of Madeira made by residents in Portugal was uneven, with the highest figure being registered in 2015 (1,013.9 thousand overnight stays) and lowest value in 2012 (638.5 thousand overnight stays). Despite the increase of the 2013-2015 period, in 2016, this indicator dropped to 939.5 thousand overnight stays, a 7.3% decline from 2015. In all the years of the series, the majority of the overnight stays had a duration of 4 or more nights.

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