Portugal with 9 nominations for the Condé Nast Johansens 2015 Europe & The Mediterranean Awards for Excellence

Condé Nast Johansens has reveled the finalists for the 2015 Europe & The Mediterranean Awards for Excellence, and Portugal has 9 nominations.
The winners will be revealed at the 33rd annual Awards Dinner, held at The May Fair Hotel in London on the evening of Monday 3rd November '14.

From the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Traveller and Glamour, Condé Nast Johansens is the leading reference guide for those of you searching for a luxury hotel, indulgent spa, country house, boutique retreat, celebratory venue or romantic hideaway by the beach. They provide inspiration and assistance in finding the perfect place for every occasion.

Condé Nast Johansens created their Annual Awards of Excellence to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the hotels and spas in their collection, all of which have been handpicked by local experts.

Hotels and spas aspire to be the winner of one of these highly regarded Awards for Excellence. The awards demonstrate a trusted mark of quality recognised by consumers and travel professionals alike, and represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury and independent accommodation.

This year the portuguese nominees for the Condé Nast Johansens 2015 Awards for Excellence - Europe & the Mediterranean - are:

- Best Newcomer:  Casa da Calçada, Amarante, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Dining Experience: The Yeatman Hotel, Porto, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Hotel With SPA: Vidago Palace, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Urban Hotel: InterContinental Porto-Palácio das Cardosas, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Sustainable & Corporate Responsibility: Companhia das Culturas, Algarve, Portugal

- Best for Meetings: Myriad by SANA Hotels, Lisbon & Tagus Valley, Portugal

- Best For Weddings, Parties or Special Events: Palácio Estoril, Hotel, Golf & Spa, Lisbon & Tagus Valley, Portugal

-Readers' Award: SANA HOTELS, Portugal, exclusively:
EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel

Portugal‬ is one of the "Best value destinations for 2015" according to Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has chosen the "Best Value Travel Destinations for 2015" and Portugal is one of them.

The most recent edition highlights: "Portugal’s Algarve region trumps prices at other European resort areas isn't a surprise to regular visitors. This surf and family-friendly region remains the destination of choice for a more-than-sun seaside holiday, and it’s not all that great-value Portugal has to offer.

Lisbon, as happening as Barcelona with fewer crowds, and cheaper, is set to get a whole lot more accessible as low-cost airline Ryanair opens a base in the Portuguese capital. Head anywhere in the country off the tourist trail, and costs come down further.

For a great-value tour of Lisbon hop on tram 28, which rattles around taking in many of the city’s highlights, including the Alfama district and the views from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia for €2.85."

Check all the "Best value destinations for 2015"  here.

Source: Lonely Planet


Portugal with 24 nominations for the World Tourism Awards

After the European World Travel Awards this past August, during which Portugal received a record number of 16 awards, comes the final round of awards. 

The WTA will be hosted in Morocco on November 29. 

The nominated Portuguese destinations include Lisbon, Algarve, and Madeira and many Portuguese companies stand among the nominees, including EuroAtlantic, DouroAzul, Sintra Parks, TAP Portugal, Turismo de Portugal and some of the biggest names in the Portuguese hotel industry. In 2013, Portugal won five WTA, including the best golf destination and awards to Parques de Sintra, and The Vine, Conrad Algarve and Vila Joya hotels.
This year, Lisbon has been nominated in the categories of world’s best destination for an urban getaway, best destination and best cruise port. Algarve and Madeira – historically well represented at the WTA by dozens of hotels – are also competing for top honors. The Algarve could be the “leading beach destination for 2014,” and Madeira is in the running to be the best island destination. Once again, Turismo de Portugal has been nominated for best official organization.
Portugal has all received several nominations in the hospitality categories. Vila Joya in Albufeira is nominated in the categories of best boutique hotel and best boutique resort. The new Conrad Algarve holds nominations in three categories: resort, luxury resort, leisure resort. The list of hospitality nominees also includes The Vine, the Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon, the Algarve Pine Cliffs, Vila Vita, and Martinhal Beach Resort.
Portugal’s Nominations in the WTA 2014 are:

PestanaPorto Santo All Inclusive & Spa Beach Resort

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World's Leading Airline Website 2014

The 2015 edition of World Food Travel Summit & Expo will take place in Estoril from 7th to 11th April.

The event that brings together food & drink tourism professionals will emphasize the business matchmaking, networking and socializing. The production is organized by the World Food Travel Association and APTECE - Portuguese Association of Food Tourism Development and supported by Cascais City Hall.
World Food Travel Summit & Expo has practically set its final program, as José Borralho, with APTECE, reported to Event Point. He confirmed the presence of Jodi Ettenberg, from the Legal Nomads blog, and Time Magazine journalist Matt Goulding. José Borralho shares the big news in the event: "as part of the program, delegates will choose a region in Portugal (Porto and North, Centre, Alentejo, Lisbon, Algarve, Madeira and Azores) where they will live 48 hours with the local population, knowing their culture, typical products and cuisine, establishing a close partnership between APTECE,Tourism Regions and local tourism promotion associations."
APTECE is "immensely proud" to be associated with this event. "Hosting an event of this magnitude brings us to a level where we have greater visibility and are more exposed as an organization and as host country. We are talking about an application won by a private entity, without any commitment of financial support from national authorities, even to this date, but that did not stop us from trying to bring the event to Portugal, overcoming four other countries", highlighted APTECE’s president.
The aim is to receive 500 to 700 delegates in Estoril.

The McNamara Surf Trip: A documentary from the Portuguese Coast

21 days, 7 regions, 2 archipelagos, awesome food, unique experiences, singular hospitality,
waves in every corner – one of a kind surf trip. Stay tuned: a new webisode every couple of days

The McNamara Surf Trip - A web documentary from the portuguese coast. + info:

- Ep. #1: Centro de Portugal  

Garrett McNamara takes on the center of Portugal.In this trip Garrett surfed great waves, picked his own food in an organic farm and surfed the wake of a boat with wakeboard champion Francisco Martinho Lopes and instructor Nuno Almeida d´Eça.

Ep. #2: Lisbon 

"Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities I´ve ever seen”. Find out why...

In this trip Garrett surfs the amazing beaches around Lisbon with local surfers Filipe Jervis and Nuno Mesquita, experiences great food, attends a concert by local band Paus and gets to know Lisbon with local surfer and musician Frankie Chavez.

Ep. #3: Azores 
Garrett McNamara visits one of the best kept secrets in Portugal, the islands of Azores.

From visiting the local green pastures to experiencing the amazing nature walks, Garrett still finds time to catch some waves with local surfers Hugo Vau and Luís Melo. Watch this film to see why Azores is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Ep. #4: Porto and the North
Garrett McNamara visits one of the most iconic cities of Portugal, Porto.

In Porto, Garrett meets the first portuguese surfer, Pedro Lima, and surfs amazing waves with locals Patrick Jongenelen and Sebastião Furtado. The highlight of the trip is his visit to the Douro Region, the world´s first wine region to have a formal demarcation of its Port wine.

- Ep. #5: Madeira Islands 
Garrett McNamara visits the scenic islands of Madeira.

With views like Hawaii and portuguese food and hospitality, Garret gets the best of both worlds with his local contacts, artist Marco Fagundes and local surfer/tour guide Orlando Pereira. In beautiful Madeira, Garrett experiences fresh tuna just off the boat, rides a couch down a hill and tries the exquisite local, aged Madeira wine. 

- Ep. #6: Alentejo
Garrett McNamara experiences an adrenalin rush and gets a taste of the relaxed life in scenic Alentejo. 

In Alentejo, soul surfer Tarik Van Prehn gives Garrett a glimpse of the laid-back life in the countryside. Later, Garrett gets back to surfing and tries a nature path 10 meters off the ground - “give me big wave surfing any day”.  

- Ep. #7: AlgarveGarrett McNamara treads off the beaten path in one of the regions most appreciated by tourists and expats.

Garrett surfs the idyllic coast of Algarve and quickly rides shot gun in a competitive car racing circuit to realize that ‘staying in the moment’ is not the answer to all of life’s fears. See why Algarve is the expats favourite second home


In Porto Christmas starts on 28 November!

 Credits to Porto City Council
The Christmas and New Year programme will start on 28 November, earlier than usual, filling the city with light and colour!
Christmas lightings on 30 streets and venues, entertainment, ice rinks and a Christmas market, are an invitation to visit the city, to calmly stroll around its streets, to know its shops, its gastronomy specialties, and to enjoy a festive atmosphere.
The Avenida dos Aliados, the Rua das Flores and the Clérigos Tower will have special lightings.
On the Avenida dos Aliados will shine the Christmas Tree, this year accompanied by the installation “Sound Textures” by the architect Isabel  Barbas.
The regeneration works of the Clérigos Tower will be concluded on 12 December and on that day our dearest monument will shine brighter than ever.
The Rua das Flores, a walking street with a varied range of shops, will have a “special light” and those shopping at the traditional commerce will be given vouchers to use for parking and on the ice skating rinks in Praça D. João I and rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque).
The novelty is the Christmas Market on Praça da Liberdade, from 4 to 14 December.
New Year’s Eve promises great and fun moments! The bands Clã and Expensive Soul will heat the scene and at midnight there will be surprising fireworks, offering a unique experience to the public!
The city awaits you! Winter, spring, summer or fall, Porto is Porto all year round, period!
Source: Porto Turismo

Art & TUR- International Tourism Film Festival, will take place in Porto from 23 to 25 October

The ART & TUR - International Film Festival of Tourism Film, one of the most prestigious worldwide and member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT), an NGO recognized by the World Tourism Organization, is part of a network of 17 international festivals that co-organize the annual Festival of Festivals in Vienna, electing the best tourism film worldwide.
This year Porto has the privileged of hosting this important festival, taking place in parallel to the 2nd International Conference "Porto as a Tourism Destination: Tourism and Urban Economics", from 23 to 25 October, at the Auditorium of the company Douro Azul.
In the 2014 edition of Art & Tur, a project 100% Portuguese, 37 countries participate with 166 movies, showing the best of tourism film.
The Art&Tur - International Tourism Film Festival has the support of the Porto City Council, through the Department of Tourism, represented in the jury of the contest by Maria João Nunes, of the Porto Film Commission.