Tourists Outnumber Residents for First Time in Portugal

In 2017, 20.6 million guests registered in Portugal (up 8.9%) and for the first time, the number of foreigners exceeded the Portuguese population. Portugal received 12.7 million foreign guests. The sector generated 335 thousand jobs (accounting for 7% of the national economy), an increase of 44 thousand jobs over 2016.
This year, Portugal was voted the most welcoming country in the world, according to an Inter Nations study published in the American magazine Forbes, rising nine places in relation to 2016.
Tourism Strategy 2027 seeks to position Portugal as one of the most competitive, innovative and sustainable tourism markets in the world, a leader in producing goods and services for tourism on a worldwide scale, a country that values work and that invests in human capital.

STAND No. 400