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2017/12/11

Hurray! Visitportugal.com was considered the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017"🏆 by the World Travel Awards



In the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2017 that took place last December 10th in the Vietnam, the Visitportugal.com was considered the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017" 🏆. 

Visitportugal is the official website for Portugal as a tourist destination, and is developed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P., the national tourist board.

Forming an integral part of the Ministry of Economy, Turismo de Portugal, I.P., is responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, in all areas ranging from supply to demand.


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http://instagram.com/visitportugal
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https://www.youtube.com/VisitPortugal

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Portugal was the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, winning 7 awards


Portugal was the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, having won World’s Leading Destination award.
 
Congratulations to all ;)

Portugal wins World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards

Portugal is the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, having won World’s Leading Destination award.

After winning the Europe’s Leading Destination award earlier in September, Portugal joined the list of 17 nominees at the grand final, which took place on November 10 in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Among the nominees, there were destinations such as Brazil, Greece, Maldives, United States of America, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain, and others.

This is the first time that a European country has won this distinction. The destination with the largest number of awards is Dubai (six awards) and in Europe only the cities of London and Paris won World’s Leading Destination in the past.

According to Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, "we are facing a unique moment for tourism in Portugal. This is the recognition of the work that has been developed over the years by all of those who are in some way connected with the tourism industry, but it is also the acknowledgment of the country that we have. An authentic, innovative, reinvented country that combines a wide variety of experiences and landscapes, a country that combines cosmopolitanism, history, tradition, sun, nature and gastronomy. A country that knows and enjoys to welcome everyone. We must now continue this work of showing all the diversity of what Portugal has to offer and which makes us a tourism destination of excellence ".


Other than the World’s Leading Destination, Portugal also won World’s Leading Tourist Board (for Turismo de Portugal) and World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website (for visitportugal.com).

Luís Araújo, President of Turismo de Portugal, mentions that "this is the first time, after 10 years of Turismo de Portugal's history, we have been recognized with global awards. Not 
only is Turismo de Portugal distinguished as the World's Leading Tourist Board, as the official destination information portal is considered the World's Leading Tourism Authority Website, on an international level. These distinctions are only possible thanks to the efforts and dedication of a cohesive team, which professionalism, rigor and organizational ability prevail. It is with pride that we see our tourism strategy distinguished and gives us an increased motivation in pursuit of our goals until 2027, in order to affirm Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence."




2017/12/07

UNESCO: Craftsmanship of Estremoz clay figures is Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Craftsmanship of Estremoz clay figures just inscribed on the UNESCO´s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.



"The Craftsmanship of Estremoz Clay Figures involves a production process lasting several days: the elements of the figures are assembled before being fired in an electric oven and then painted by the artisan and covered with a colorless varnish. 

The clay figures are dressed in the regional attires of Alentejo or the clothing of religious Christian iconography, and follow specific themes. The production of clay figures in Estremoz dates back to the seventeenth century, and the very characteristic aesthetic features of the figures make them immediately identifiable. 

The craft is strongly attached to the Alentejo region, since the vast majority of the figures depict natural elements, local trades and events, popular traditions and devotions. The viability and recognition of the craft are ensured through non-formal education workshops and pedagogical initiatives by the artisans, as well as by the Center for the Appreciation and Safeguarding of the Estremoz Clay Figure. 

Fairs are organized at the local, national and international levels. Knowledge and skills are transmitted both in family workshops and professional contexts, and artisans teach the basics of their craft through non-formal training initiatives. Artisans are actively involved in awareness-raising activities organized in schools, museums, fairs and other events."



Find more information at:

https://ich.unesco.org/craftmanship-of-estremoz-clay-figures
http://www.cm-estremoz.pt/bonecos-de-estremoz
https://www.visitalentejo.pt/figurado-em-barro-de-estremoz-e-patrimonio-cultural-imaterial-da-unesco/
https://www.facebook.com/turismodoalentejo


 
Source: UNESCO, Turismo do Alentejo and Municipio de Estremoz  

2017/12/06

December 2017 "Follow Me": Lisbon monthly tourist Guide for visitors

Before you visit Lisbon, check "Follow me Lisboa" and discover what´s happening in the Lisboa region during the month of December. Follow Me Lisboa is a monthly tourist Guide for visitors.

A bilingual publication in Spanish and English, it is a pocket-sized publication containing the main cultural and other events to interest to the tourist and a complete itinerary to museums, monuments, parks, gardens, hotels and restaurants.


Find more about Lisboa region at:
https://www.visitportugal.com/en/destinos/lisboa-regiao
http://www.visitlisboa.com/
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

Algarve Events Guide for December 2017

Going to the Algarve during the month of December? So discover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beaches, natural landscapes, bars and golf courses. And for its restaurants, hotels, monuments, and of course, for entertainment.
The offer of entertainment destination is diversified and includes events of public and private partners that invite you to enjoy emotions and traditions, sounds and regional flavors, that the Algarve Tourism organizes in this guide leaflet.




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2017/11/27

Lisbon officially opened its new cruise ship terminal

©Porto de Lisboa
The new Lisbon Cruise Ship Port terminal officially opened on last Nov. 10, after a two year construction process. 
This new terminal is a key structure for the city that will respond to the growing demand for Lisbon as a tourist destination for leisure cruises. Lisbon is now prepared to welcome more than 2 million visitors per year in the new terminal. During 2016, Lisbon received 523.000 passengers and it is expect to growth for the forthcoming years.

©Porto de Lisboa
The new terminal is located on the east side of Lisbon in front of Alfama, one of the most picturesque neighbors of the Portuguese capital, and was designed by Portuguese architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça. The key consideration of the terminal design was sustainability and ensuring the smooth onward flow of tourists, to avoid congestion elsewhere in the city. Public transportation is also available, since in front of the new terminal you will find Santa Apolónia metro station (blue line).

Covering 13,800 square meters over three floors, the new terminal will provide around 1,500 meters space of pier to cater for a wide variety and size of ships. It will feature two fully-automated gangway systems, on-site equipment including cranes and forklift trucks, and be able to supply vessels with check-in facilities, water supplies and other provisions while in dock.