According to a travel trends report from SquareMouth released late last month, a lot more Americans are choosing to spend their vacation days in Europe this season.
The hotel landscape in Portugal is unique among European markets for several reasons. The best way to describe the landscape there is “feast and famine”, as some hotel businesses are flourishing, while others are bankrupt. A May 19th event, the Cascais Tourism Forum, held for the first time this year, focuses on the developmental challenges for hotels wanting to survive in this dynamic environment.
TAP Portugal, the leading airline operating between Europe and Brazil, and Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, the largest low-cost airline offering the best fares in Latin America, are launching a business partnership to operate codeshare flights that will enable both airlines to offer more convenient services to their customers.
The island of Madeira is best reached through its capital of Funchal. This city has just over 100,000 inhabitants, large enough to get lost in, diverse enough not to get bored of. Funchal boasts of two main personalities: Cristiano Ronaldo – footballer born in the suburbs of Funchal and Charles – the last King of Hungary/last Emperor of Austria, who is buried at the Monte Church.
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city – major commercial and industrial centre and, it’s famous for the World-renowned port wine, which is produced there. But the city on the Douro River’s northern bank is also an attractive travel destination. Breathtaking views, the mentioned famous wines, the Douro River and the splendid architecture are all strong reasons for visiting Porto.
This year’s World Travel Awards have been announced revealing some of the hospitality and travel industry’s brightest stars. Top honors went out to; Lufthansa, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, DFDS Seaways, Disneyland Paris and Norwegian Cruise Line, among many others.
Running from 3 to 10 August in the colorful town of Portimao in western Algarve, the Sardine Festival 2012 greets visitors with plenty of music, theatre, dance, various art and comedy shows, sunshine and of course, the delicious grilled sardines served with homemade bread and Algarve salad.
Heritage Lisbon Hotels are one of this Portugal city’s best kept secrets. Situated in wonderful old homes and buildings at Lisbon’s historic center, these boutique gems sparkle with charm and guest value. An intimate and warm alternative to their larger luxury counterparts, these welcoming accommodations are well worth a closer look.
This Labor Day Weekend why not think out of the box, spur of the moment. Think value. How about a spa and wellness excursion to Portugal? For a real adventure this holiday, or any other, it’s a wonder more Americans don’t take advantage of exchange rates and wondrous places that could use the business. And […]
Portugal’s travel sector is in grave trouble, perhaps far more serious than previous reports have suggested. The industry that represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP has lost fully one third of its travel agents to insolvency. The economic times and pressure from online travel agents have made the situation there untenable. But a double sided government effort has not helped either.