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2012/01/30

Turismo de Portugal receives award in Madrid, in the presence of Guimarães 2012

The distinction of “best stand” at Fitur 2012, one of the largest tourism fairs in the world, was awarded to Turismo de Portugal. The event, held in Madrid, involved the participation of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture.
Set up in its own stand, within the space dedicated to Turismo de Portugal, Guimarães 2012 partnered with the efforts to promote our country abroad by distributing communication and merchandising material and presenting the programme to the journalists, while also managing to replicate the remarkable success achieved with the “I’m part of it” pin badge among the population. The badge initiative was launched by Daniel Pires, who played on the different images from the programme flyer to create ‘renewed pin badges’.

Portugal’s Camping Portal Improved

Leading outdoor accommodation provider Orbitur has upgraded its website with a more appealing design and several new language options.

The site at
www.orbitur.pt is now accessible in the seven languages of Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch and gives Internet users the chance to employ different methods of paying for their accommodation online, including Visa and Mastercard.

Orbitur currently operates 23 campsites up and down the country, the majority of which are idyllically situated in Portugal’s most magnificent coastal areas.

The company received 1.2 million guests from all over the world in 2011, the principal generating markets being Germany, France, Holland and Italy.

Frequent campers can now take advantage of a new Orbitur loyalty card integrated within the Camping Key Europe network. Benefits include a fast check-in service and privileged rates for personal insurance whilst staying on the campsites

2012/01/26

Alqueva is the first Starlight Tourist Destination certified by the UNESCO and UNWTO



Alqueva is the first site in the world to receive the 'Staright Tourism Destination' certification. This certification, awarded by the Starlight Foundation, recognizes the quality of the night sky in Alqueva and tourist activities related to the starry sky.
Starlight Destinations are visitable places characterised by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource.
The Starlight Tourism Certification System was created with the aim of encouraging, at world-wide level, the improvement of the quality of tourist experiences and the protection of the night skies in Starlight Destinations.The Starlight Certification seeks to guarantee the capacity to enjoy the view of the stars and to discover the associated scientific, cultural, natural and scenic values.

Alqueva
The Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve has 3000 square kilometers and is spreaded along six municipalities, Alandroal, Barrancos, Moura, Mourão, Reguengos de Monsaraz and Portel. Included in the Reserve is the Alqueva Dark Sky Route which integrates accommodation, restaurants and activities.
This Route has already people prepared to guide the astro-tourists and we have telescopes. The entrepreneurs of the Route are adapted to this product and for example they have late breakfast, late check-out, brunch, late lunches, late dinners, etc, small things that are important for the ones that use the night.
The unrivalled spectacle of a dark and star-filled night sky does not go unheeded by anyone and the sky of the Alqueva is worth observing very closely!
Look through the telescope and be enchanted by the majestic profusion of brilliant planets, constellations of rare beauty and rivers of stars, all of which the Alqueva Dark Sky® Reserve offers you. Without doubt it is a Back-to-Black experience full of emotions.

Next to this sublime lake, the only sound is that of the birds, creating an air of tranquillity that encourages the contemplation and the enjoyment of the stars. This is an invitation to linger in full communion with nature!
Neolithic humankind gave immense importance to the sky, considering it part of the landscape and studying it with interest. The predominance in this area of mining – silver, copper and mercury – together with its proximity to important waterways, explains the occupation of these lands in the distant past.
Still visible are various megalithic remains which suggest that our ancestors symbolically valued the landscape, relating it to the diversity of celestial movements. Hence it is believed that many of the megalithic monuments symbolise the importance of the sun and the moon at significant moments in the natural cycle as well as the relationship of the stars to the life of human beings.
If you are part of that great majority of people who have never had the opportunity to admire the centre of the Milky Way, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, come to Alqueva, lie on the ground and lose yourself in the immensity of the star-filled sky!
Discover the Lands of the Great Lake, become enchanted by its flora and fauna, taste its delicacies, feel the genuineness of its people and explore its natural beauties

Algarve won the "Best Value Golf Destination" (continental Europe) Award By Today’s Golfer

Algarve won the "Best Value Golf Destination" (continental Europe) Award By Today’s Golfer
The Algarve has emerged Europe’s top golfing destination in the inaugural Today’s Golfer Travel Awards, claiming the main Best Value Golf Destination (Continental Europe) title.
And the pride of Portugal triumphed in style by receiving an impressive 32% of the total number of votes - Turkey finished runners-up with 19% with long established golfing hotspot the Costal del Sol surprisingly languishing in fourth spot behind fellow Spanish region Costa Brava.
The first TG Travel Awards, held in conjunction with major golf travel operator Your Golf Travel, has been warmly received by golfers from all over the country who voted in their thousands for their favorite destinations, courses and hotels/resorts both in Europe and the UK.
Algarve venues also came out on top in Portugal’s Best Courses and Hotel/Resort categories with Vilamoura’s wonderful Old Course convincingly winning the former and Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo piping another old favorite, Le Meridien Penina, to the latter spoils.
TG Travel Awards Winners:
Best Value Destination (Continental Europe):
1 The Algarve 32%,
2 Turkey 19%,
3 Costa Brava 11%.

Portugal: Best Course:
1 Vilamoura Old Course 31.31%
2 Palmares 11.63%
3 San Lorenzo 11.55%
Best Hotel/Resort:
1 Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo 15.44%
2 Le Meridien Penina 15.22%
3 Dom Pedro Vilamoura 13.74%

Algarve, a golfing paradise - all year round!
One of the finest golfing destinations in Europe, the Algarve is regarded today as an elite venue by top professionals.
The plans for the courses, mostly designed by internationally recognised golf-course architects, together with the superb landscapes in which they are located, satisfy the requirements of the most demanding enthusiasts, marking out the region as first-rate destination for golf.
The favourable climate with more than 300 days of sun per year, allows the golf season to be extended over several months, bringing players from all over the world to the Algarve.
The excellence on offer in the Algarve is only enriched by its great variety of trees, vegetation, its greens, tees and silence of its surrounds, only to be broken by the ‘crack’ of the perfect shot. Irresistible!
For more information, please contact golf@atalgarve.ptGolf Brochure: http://www.visitalgarve.pt/Golf
More information about Golf on the Algarve at http://algarvepromotion.pt/golf/

2012/01/06

TAP wins two “Oscars” in the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards: World’s Leading Airline to Africa and, once again, to South America

Today in Qatar, TAP Portugal was elected World’s Leading Airline to Africa and, for the third consecutive year, TAP held on to the title of World’s Leading Airline to South America, taking home two awards this year. The trophies were presented during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards (WTA), considered the “Oscars” of the world travel industry.
Created for the purpose of recognising, awarding and celebrating excellence in all business sectors in the world travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Awards are the most prestigious in the industry.
In this 2011 edition, more than 160 countries around the world participated in the process of electing the best brands in the world of travel and tourism, with more than 213,000 professionals in the travel sector voting, including travel agents, tourism operators and organisations, among others.
“It is an enormous honour and it gives all of us at TAP great satisfaction today to receive these two coveted WTA awards, recognising us as the world’s leading airline to Africa and reaffirming our leadership in South America for the third consecutive year”, remarked Luiz Mór, Executive Administrator of TAP, on the occasion of the award.
“This distinction serves as recognition of all the hard work and persistent efforts that TAP has put into developing the airline over the last several year years, both in Africa and in South America, bringing these continents closer to Europe, under the same guiding principle: welcoming its passengers with arms wide open. On behalf of TAP, I heartily accept these awards. They not only serve as an incentive for us to continue working and focusing on these markets, but they also remind us of the increasing responsibility we have to our customers and business partners, encouraging us to continue to improve on an everyday basis.”
Directly competing with some of the most well-known mega-carriers around the world, TAP topped airlines like British Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways for the Africa award. In the competition for leadership in South America, TAP beat out American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, KLM, Lufthansa and United Airlines.
With the inauguration of three new routes to Africa last year, TAP now serves 13 destinations on the continent, operating up to 75 flights a week. Over the past decade, the airline has significantly strengthened is presence in Africa, going from serving only seven destinations in 2001 to the 13 destinations the airline currently serves. Volume of traffic has also seen a 2.6-fold increase, with more than 617,100 passengers carried last year compared to 235,200 ten years ago.
In Brazil –where TAP has been market leader for several years – the airline operates flights to 10 destinations, also reaching as many as 75 weekly flights. Having topped the 1.5 million passenger mark in 2011, which corresponds to a 7.3 percent increase over 2010, the airline’s occupancy rate was around 83 percent on its Brazil routes.
Winners of the WTAs – which will commemorate their 19-year anniversary in 2012 and which are considered the highest award that a travel industry product can achieve – are chosen through an online voting process, primarily by professionals in the field of Tourism and Travel from around the world as well as by the general public.
Graham E. Cooke, founder and president of the World Travel Awards, highlighted the strong points of the nominees of the night when he said, “In times of economic uncertainty, world-class brands assert themselves, continuing to increase their market share while their competitors vacillate; these are the traits that set them apart, traits that characterise all the travel brands that have made it to our grand final in Doha.”