Tourism is one of the highest growth sectors in Portugal with total overnight stays crossing fifty-seven million for 2017. In the process tourism generated revenues worth upwards of two and a half billion euros for the hotels. The room occupancy rate remains among the highest in Europe, second only to Amsterdam, but above traditional giants such as London, Paris and Barcelona. Another source generating travel jobs and consequently revenues is cruise tourism. In spite of such obvious advances, there are several critics who feel that all this is forcing massive strain on the city’s resources. Due to the presence of Airbnb for example, resident homeowners are facing dilemmas about their place in the city. Costs are constantly rising. The old heritage parts of the town are under attack by hordes of tourists, many of whom do not appreciate the art and culture. The authorities will now need to step in to stem the tide.


Uploaded Date:18 July 2018

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