After recording 5962 overnight stays in different tourist accommodation units, in May 2020, the municipality of Braga closed May 2021 with an increase of 457 percent, which boosted the number of overnight stays in hotels, local accommodation and tourist houses in rural areas and housing for 22 thousand 264 overnight stays.
The sharp rise in the number of overnight stays is revealed by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), in a report that shows that the Minho capital is still far from the pre-pandemic numbers, but that the values for May 2021 are the highest of the last nine months.
Since the declaration of the pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, it was only in August and September 2020 that the “city of archbishops” had greater tourist dynamics. But that was a time when Portugal and the other European countries lifted practically all the restriction measures that had been imposed by the fight against Covid-19.
After the peak of recovery reached in August 2020, with 48 thousand 889 overnight stays, tourism in Braga had 30 thousand 296 overnight stays in September. The month of October 2020 was marked by 25 thousand 174 overnight stays, a value that was already below the value registered in May 2021.
Data published by the National Institute of Statistics also make it known that most of the 27 thousand 264 occurred in conventional hotel units, which concentrated 22 thousand 956 overnight stays, equivalent to 84 percent of the total.
At the county level, Braga is the one that most attracts tourists among the 24 in Minho. It has more overnight stays than the eight municipalities of Ave and is much higher than the second municipality of Minho: Viana do Castelo, which had 14,511 overnight stays in May this year, a little more than the 13,928 registered in Guimarães.
Source: Diário Do Minho