This is the best destination in the worldDecember 5, 2018
For the second consecutive year, Portugal was again chosen as “Best tourist destination in the world” in the prizes World Travel Awards. The ceremony was held just this weekend in Lisbon.
In 2017, Portugal obtained record figures in tourism, with 24.1 million tourists and so far this year “we are growing around 12%”, they said from the tourism area of the country. .
View of Lisbon, Portugal (Getty Images)
The most important thing, argued Ana Mendes Godinho, the Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal, is that this quantitative growth is also reflected on a qualitative level, since the volume of revenue is growing in this 2018 by 11.4%.
In 2017 the turnover of the tourism sector, which accounts for 10% of Portugal’s GDP, was 15,000 million and “between January and October of this year, tourism revenues had already increased in absolute terms by 1,500 million euros,” he explained. .
To the award of “Best tourist destination in the world” were also postulated other countries such as South Africa, Brazil, the United States, Greece, India, or Spain, to name a few.
Ana Mendes Godinho recalled that the Governments of Portugal and Spain designed a joint program to reach new markets and “Sell” the Iberian Peninsula as “a single destination”.
In a special way, Spain and Portugal work together to promote the border regions of both countries under the slogan “one destination, two countries”.
Steep streets and tram, typical postcard of Lisbon, Portugal.
The diversification is one of the keys to the success of Portugal, thanks, above all, to the expansion of new air routes, which connect Portugal with more countries. Thus markets such as Canada, Brazil, China and Japan were expanded.
“Portugal gives confidence and the tourists that come feel good,” he argued, while highlighting the security that Portugal offers travelers.
The religious tourism it is another of Portugal’s bets to continue growing in the sector. In fact, they created a platform to promote destinations such as the Fatima Shrine, which in 2017 reached 9.5 million visits, the Camino de Santiago or routes through areas of great Jewish influence.
In 2018, tourism is growing in all regions of Portugal, such as Porto, Lisbon, the Center region, the Alentejo, the Algarve or island destinations, concluded Ana Mendes Godinho.
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