Portugal’s tourism collapses in April due to coronavirus

Published May 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

LISBON – The number of overnight stays by tourists in Portugal dropped 98.3 percent to nearly 71,000 last month from the previous year, showing the sector’s collapse as lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus grounded flights and kept visitors away.

A waiter waits for customers at a restaurant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A waiter waits for customers at a restaurant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal May 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

The National Statistics Institute (INE) said in its flash estimate overnight stays by Britons, the main source of tourism for Portugal, fell 99.3% in April compared to the same period in 2019.

 
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