Portuguese tourism sector, that had shown hard growth recent years, is back at the level of the of the 1980s. This is shown by figures published by the Portuguese statistical office in the correct Monday. There were fewer as 4 million foreign tourists in that country in 2020, a decrease of 76 percent compared to 2019.

The Portuguese government says it will come up with a support package for the sector. This is difficult, says hotelle, because without additional support there are 100,000 tourism-related jobs at stake according to the sector of the year.

At the end of last year, the Portuguese minister for Tourism said that 60,000 jobs related to tourism were lost in 2020. The minister expected to attract a bit of tourism in that third quarter of this year, depending on the arrival of a successful vaccine. But it took 2023 for the sector to return to that level before the coronacrisis.

Tourism mother tongue Portugal precisely to the 2009 financial crisis helped to point it out again. The minister now warns that some streke, there is the Algarve, where tourism as a source of income has started to lean on. That streke is going to take the toughest hits.

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