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Tourists continue to flock to Portugal

The number of tourists jumped by almost 12% in June in Portugal compared to last year, which could herald another record year for Portugal, whose industry accounts for about 10% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

While security fears are turning tourists away from Turkey and North African countries, Portugal has been welcoming more and more of them every year since 2011, which has helped it emerge from the crisis.

The National Statistics Institute announced Tuesday that 1.18 million foreigners stayed in hotels in Portugal in June.

Year-to-date, their number has exceeded five million, 13% more than the same period in 2015.

Hotel sector revenues in Portugal rose by almost 17% in the first half of the year, to 1.16 billion euros.

The number of foreign tourists to Portugal surpassed the 10 million mark for the first time last year, with an increase of about 10% compared to 2014. 


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