(Corrects second paragraph to show arrivals rose 4 percent)
LISBON Feb 14 The number of foreign tourists
visiting Portugal hit a record high last year, but hotels took
less money as the economic crisis forced them to cut prices to
attract custom, data showed on Thursday.
Foreign arrivals rose 4 percent to 7.7 million, the National
Statistics Institute figures showed, while hotel revenues
slipped just over 2 percent to 1.86 billion euros ($2.5 billion)
- within touching distance of the record of 1.96 billion euros
set in 2008.
Overall revenues from tourism account for around 10 percent
of Portugal's gross domestic product.
Portugal is mired in its worst recession since the 1970s,
with the country's economic growth prospects damaged by tough
austerity measures the government has had to enforce under its
78 billion euro EU/IMF bailout.
GDP shrank 3.2 percent last year and is expected to contract
at least another 1 percent this year.
($1 = 0.7442 euros)
(Reporting By Andrei Khalip; Editing by John Stonestreet)