Azores Tourism Soars:

Record 3.8 Million Overnight Stays in 2023

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The Azores registered record tourist numbers in 2023 with around 3.8 million overnight stays, according to data from the Regional Service of Statistics (SREA) reported by press agency Lusa.

“In 2023, the total number of overnight stays was 3.8 million, representing an increase of 15.1% compared to the previous year. Regarding guests, the total number was 1.2 million, 14.8% higher than in 2022. This year, the average stay was 3.18 days”, reads the tourist activity report.

According to data available on the SREA website, consulted by Lusa, this is the highest value since records began (2001). The total number of overnight stays in 2022 had already surpassed the highest value until then, previously seen in pre-Covid 2019,

… but a fall in December

The region recorded, however, a reduction in overnight stays in tourist accommodation in the last month of the year. “In December, in all tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartment hotels, tourist apartments, guesthouses, local accommodation units and rural tourism units) in the Azores, 120,600 overnight stays were registered, a value lower by 5.4% compared to the same month”, says the SREA.

The decline this month goes against the national trend, as Portugal presented “a positive year-on-year variation of 8.2%”.

External markets registered 55,700 thousand overnight stays (46.2%), 0.5% less than in the same period last year.

US the main source market

Among these, the United States of America stood out as the main source market, with 10.4 thousand overnight stays (18.7% of overnight stays from residents abroad) and a year-on-year growth of 19.5%.

Spain followed, with 9,300 overnight stays (16.8%), although it registered a negative year-on-year variation of 0.4%, and Germany with 8,800 overnight stays (15.4%), also with a year-on-year decrease of 1.5%.

Canada was the market that grew the most compared to December 2022 (38%), followed by Norway (33.6%).

Sweden (-48.7%), Denmark (-46.0%) and the Netherlands (-43.0%) recorded the largest year-on-year decreases.

The hotel sector accounted for 64% of all overnight stays (77,200) in December, followed by local accommodation, with 32.9% (39,700), and tourism in rural areas, with 3% (3,700).

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  1. The is quite a large population of descendents of Azoreans around Toronto and Massachusetts. The migration goes back to the days of whaling where Azorean whalers took their cargo to north America. I would imagine many of the current visitors from the US have Portugese blood.

    On our first holiday to São Miguel we met three generations of one family. The granny was born and grew up on São Miguel(and still seemed to know everyone). Her daughter was born on the island but went with her family to the US as a child. They were both fluent in English & Portuguese. The granddaughter who was 17 was obviously born in the US and hardly knew a word of Portuguese.

    If anyone is thinking of looking for somewhere other than Madeira take a look at Os Açores.

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