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2012/04/30

easyJet opens base in Lisbon Airport

The official ceremony of easyJet base launch in Lisbon was held on April 19th, with the presence of members of the Portuguese government, the airline main representatives and various entities from the sector, to announce what will constitute one great opportunity to develop the city as a leisure/tourism destination as well as an important business center. Amsterdam, Asturias, Bordeaux, Copenhagen and Venice are, for now, the five new destinations from easyJet in LIS.

Please check every detail on this anna aero newsletter entirely devoted to easyJet, featuring Lisbon base launch and exclusive interview with CEO Carolyn McCall here.

Source: Ana Aeroportos

Portugal – The beauty of simplicity” takes Silver in the World's Best TV & Films Awards


©New York Festival


The 55th Film Awards 2012 awards ceremony last week saw a new video on Portugal entitled “Beauty of Simplicity” take a Silver Medal in the Short Film category for the promotional film. The video was the production of Turismo de Portugal.

The Jury honored the World’s Best TV programs & Films and awarded three Grand Trophies while only 2 silvers were awarded this year in the Short Film Category. The breathtaking video shows the mix of the ancient and modern, luxury and nature that has made Portugal one the fastest emerging travel markets in Europe.


The 2012 New York Festivals Television & Film Awards received entries from around the globe. All winning entries were selected by a Grand Jury made up of award winning Television and Film professionals. New York Festival’s World's Best Television & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Dedicated to both the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers: Animation, Comedy, Corporate, Drama, Documentary, Feature Films, Music Videos, News, Promos, Reality Shows, Sports, Telenovelas and Webisodes.

NYF’s Television & Film Award Presentation info is offered at http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/ See here the video and here to see all the winners.




Portugal offers a unique, European experience, as there are several distinct areas throughout the country visitors can explore. According to trip advisor the top destinations to visit in Portugal are Lisbon, Porto, Lagos, Cascais and Faro. Traveling to each region provides visitors with an opportunity to see all aspects of the country.

According to recent reviews about trips to Portugal on Trip Advisor, it is easy to manage, affordable, not far away, very friendly, delicious, filled with more than 2,000 years of history, and beautiful in countless, unique ways. It is a nonstop visual feast of dazzling azulejos (tiles), Manueline architecture, medieval castles, clear blazing skies, Roman ruins and dizzying vistas.

Portugal offers visitors a number of places to stay, including hotels, Pousadas, villas, and manor houses. Several hotels are available throughout the year in all locations of Portugal. Pousadas are found in various castles, mansions and palaces throughout Portugal. Manor houses are usually farm cottages or houses that give guests a true Portuguese feel. Villas, which are popular among vacationers, offer scenic views.

Source: http://insideportugaltravel.com/blog


2012/04/19

TAP continues to consolidate its European network

©Tap Portugal
Bucharest to be the newest TAP destination as from 30 June.

TAP to launch direct flights between Lisbon and Bucharest as from 30 June with three flights per week to the Romanian capital.

Flights will depart from Lisbon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 23.10 hours arriving in Bucharest at 05.10 hours. In the Bucharest-Lisbon direction flights will depart on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 06.00 hours arriving in Lisbon at 08.25 hours.

The announcement of the new flights to Bucharest follows TAP's earlier announcements that it will be launching two other new European routes in 2012, to Berlin (5 June) and Turin (3 June).

With these three new routes already launched this year, TAP will be flying to a total of 51 European destinations in 22 countries, thereby continuing to consolidate its European network, a sector which flew 5.79 million passengers in 2011, an increase of 9.3 percent over the previous year.

The new flight between Lisbon and Bucharest will also generate potential connecting traffic to Porto, Faro, Madeira and the Azores, contributing to an increase in tourist demand at these destinations.


Source: Tap Portugal

2012/04/18

Conde Nast Travelers 2012 Hot List includes 4 Portuguese Hotels

Once again the Magazine Condé Nast Traveler unveiled its annual Hot List 2012, a selection of the very best hotels all across the globe. Forty-one reporters visited 172 hotels in 49 countries. Their anonymous visits resulted in 121 properties that made the 2012 list of editors’ picks.

This year, the Conde Nast Traveler magazine has selected 4 Portuguese hotels to among the world’s best on their 2012 Hot List. The hotels are:

-Hotel Bela Vista (Algarve-Praia da Rocha)
Hotel website: http://www.hotelbelavista.net
 
-Imani Country House (Alentejo – Evora)
Hotel website: http://www.imani.pt

-Intercontinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas (Porto)
Hotel website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/Porto


-L’and Vineyards Resort (Montemor-o-Novo, Aletejo)
Hotel website: http://www.l-andvineyards.com/



Source:  Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

2012/04/17

Madeira Islands: New flight connections for this season

The coming IATA season that began this month has already new air connections to Madeira from several European cities.

One of the new routes will be implemented by Edelweiss Air, the charter company from the Swiss International Group, with one weekly flight from Zurich to Madeira.

The French airline Aigle Azur will now connect the French city of Lyon to Madeira on Saturdays, this being the second route of this company to this Region.

Further, the Spanish operator Costa Galicia will have a weekly charter link from Santiago de Compostela between July and September.

You can learn all about the flights to and from Madeira in the redesigned website of the Madeira Airports

Source: http://www.visitmadeira.pt/

Best of Wine Tourism 2012 awards ceremony - 18 April

The Best of Wine Tourism 2012 awards ceremony will take place on 18 April, at 17:00, at the Town Hall, in the D. Maria Room, in Porto.

The winners of the Best of Wine Tourism awards in 2012 are:
•International Award - Quinta do Portal – Architecture and Ladscapes

•National Awards (by alphabetical order) - Casa Semarkinhas - Accomodation; Caves Offley –Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences; Solar de Merufe – Sustainable Wine Tourism practices

The Best of Wine Tourism is, since 2003, a contest promoted by the
Porto City Council, in representation of the wine regions of Porto and Douro and of Vinhos Verdes, as members of the international Great Wine Capitals Global Network, that puts in competition the best wine tourism services providers from 9 wine capitals of countries with a large wine tradition.





The Porto City Council, through the promotion of this contest and through the attribution of international and national awards in different categories, gives the winners the opportunity to associate the prestige Best of Wine Tourism seal to their own brands, thus highlighting not only the best practices and the best resources and services of the region’s wine tourism, as well as promoting ad selling the tourism destination to a market segment that travels in search of experiences of excellence.


Further information at http://www.greatwinecapitals.com
 
Source: http://visitporto.travel/

2012/04/16

Jeremy Irons praises Portuguese cuisine, landscapes and music


© 2012 C-Films Deutschland GmbH
Actor Jeremy Irons, who is in Lisbon filming the movie "Night Train to Lisbon," praised the quality of Portuguese cuisine, the "magic" of the Fado music and the beauty of the nation's landscapes.
During a dinner aboard the Portuguese Navy's historic tall ship Creoula, in the presence of Secretary of State for Tourism, Cecilia Meireles, Irons referred to Lisbon as a "unique place" in Europe, combining hills, small cobbled streets, preserved heritage and a unique luminosity.
During filming in Portugal, the cast has had the opportunity to enjoy a night of Fado music which left Jeremy Irons surprised with this truly Portuguese musical genre, and with the voices of a new generation of artist: "It was three quarters of an hour absolutely magical and unbelievable”.
Moreover, Irons pointed out his passion for Portuguese cuisine: "The fish you eat here (in Portugal) is just fantastic! I would live here just because of the fish". He was surprised to hear that many internationally renowned restaurants, including ones in New York, only serve fish caught in Portugal.
Accompanied by the other stars from the movie (Bruno Ganz and Charlotte Rampling) Irons also referred to the beauty of the beaches on the Alentejo coast, one of the locations where the movie takes place. In addition, he is interested in the unique relationship between Portugal and the sea with more than 400 miles of coastline and where some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe are found.
Pascal Mercier's novel "Night Train to Lisbon" is the basis of the film by Danish director Bille August, being shot take in Lisbon until May 2012
Take a look on our Pinterest board "Film Night Train to Lisbon" and see some great shots taken on set.

2012/04/13

Azores is in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012 Calendar

The Azores will host next year, on June 20 and July 21, a stage of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, bringing together the elite of the diving world.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is death-defying high diving into water from heights of up to 27m.

Photo © Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Once in the air, the divers have approximately three seconds to coordinate their acrobatic movements before they hit water at around 85km/h.
The Azorean stop will take place on the islet of Vila Franca following an application supported by the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Secretariat of Economy.
From 27 metres high and reaching speeds of up to 85kph, the world's best divers will compete head-to-head in seven stops between June and September in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Vila Franca islet
Enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Islet of Vila Franca nature reserve with only the sea for interruption.
On your visit to Vila Franca do Campo, one of the archipelago’s key tourist centres, visit the islet of Vila Franca.
Located around one kilometre off the coastline, the islet came about following the collapse of a former volcano. Classified as a Nature Reserve, it is almost circular in shape but broken by a sea entrance through one section of its perimeter.

Photo © Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
The crater walls are home to much local vegetation. Within, the beauty is compounded by the crystalline waters of the natural swimming pool that features its own stunning beach. The Vinha da Areia Beach is excellent for bathing and is equipped with all the facilities of a modern water-park.

To the south of the Islet stand two volcanic rock peaks used for nesting by the many marine birds that visit the island. Getting there is easy with a regular summer ferry service between Vila Franca do Campo and the Islet.

Find more details at:
http://www.redbull.com/Azores
http://www.visitazores.com/en

2012/04/12

Flower Festival 2012, in Funchal, Madeira Island: 19th to 25th April


In Madeira, springtime is honored like a queen, being crowned with the Flower Festival, held every year after Easter.
In celebrating springtime and the exuberance of the flowers that typically bloom in that season and here with even greater intensity due to Madeira’s subtropical climate, Funchal is the setting for a truly sumptuous spectacle, the city’s Flower Festival.
The festivities begin on the Saturday, when thousands of children dressed in the appropriate fashion flock to the Praça do Município to take part in the building of a mural of flowers - the Wall of Hope.
The next day, dozens of floats decorated with a myriad of the island’s most typical flowers leave the scent of gentle but ephemeral perfumes in the air - it is time for the Flower Parade. At the same time, to mark the occasion, Madeira’ artists devote their time to building unforgettable floral carpets, strategically exhibited in the streets at different points, whilst competitions are also organised to find the best decorated shop windows.
Come and experience the springtime here too!
For further information find below the Flower Festival Programme 2012 in several languages:
-Flower Festival Programme 2012 - English
-Programa da Festa da Flor 2012 – Português
-Programa de la Fiesta da Flor 2012 – Español
-Programme Fête de la Fleur 2012 - Français
-Blummen Fest Programm 2012 – Deutsch

2012/04/11

With the support of Portugal’s Tourism Board, National golf courses now at just the click of a button!



The National Golf Industry Council (CNIG) and Portugal’s Tourism Board have jointly launched the first solely dedicated online golf portal for Portugal; www.portugalgolfbooking.com/ aimed at both golfers and tour operators and serving perfectly as a user-friendly reservation system and an extensive information source for golf in the country.

Portugalgolfbooking.com is an innovative platform which can provide golfers from both Portugal and abroad with key information on the country’s diverse golfing facilities, courses and clubs, with the additional benefit of providing a fully integrated online booking system for tour operator and golfers to use at any time, plus there are tourist features available on surrounding areas near the golf courses. The unique Product Club feature also provides technical information and updates within the industry for its members.

By accessing Portugalgolfbooking.com the user has immediate access to availability and pricing information on their chosen courses/s, provided directly and up to date by the courses themselves.

For tour operators, the key functionality that makes this new website such a useful resource is the online booking system, which provides access to all of the golf courses in the country and allows for ‘just in time’ bookings directly with the course that has been selected. It also allows for various bookings at one time, simultaneously, on different courses with different tee times, for one of more players, all within one handy booking payment.

In just five quick steps, tour operators will be able to benefit from the following:

® Select the chosen course/s
® Select the relevant tee times
® Fill out the details of all of the players within the reservation
® Make the booking payment on the terms provided by the chosen golf course
® Receive full reservation confirmation through a booking voucher

Portugalgolfbooking.com has been designed with the tour operator in mind – a true ‘time saver’.

® You can check availability at any time anywhere
® The need for telephone and email enquiries are reduced, for simple and fast searches
® Allows for golf trip planning tailored to the client all in one sweep

How can it be accessed? All information provided to the system by each tour operator is strictly confidential and will not be divulged. Portugalgolfbooking.com provides a operator-only section, which can only be accessed upon registration, and through login details then provided. It is safe, secure and easy to use.

All prices provided are tailored specifically to the tour operator sector. However, if the operator has already agreed certain prices with any golf courses, then he/she can request that these be implemented and benefit from special payment terms.

A registered user on the website who would like to establish contact with a new golf courses, can use the platform, by requesting association through this, but maintain contact between parties thereafter only offline. The golf course will then agree the terms of association and implement these online.

Whenever an operator logs on to the platform the login name will be recognised and full access on special prices and agreements with golf courses applied to that account.

Portugalgolfbooking.com was developed by Deloitte, whilst it visual design was provided by Seara.com. To see for how this new platform can help tour operators for golf all over Portugal, visit: www.portugalgolfbooking.com

Additional information:
Vanessa Velosa | E-mail: vvelosa@cnig.pt |Tel.: + 351 968 387 138

Source: CNIG - Conselho Nacional da Indústria do Golfe

2012/04/05

Zon North Canyon Show 2011: Garrett Mcnamara nominated for the “Big Wave Oscars”

The extreme waterman Garrett McNamara, who made history in Nazaré while surfing the biggest wave ever in the expedition ZON North Canyon Show 2011, is a finalist in the race to the "Big Wave Oscars."
Garrett McNamara rode, in Praia do Norte, on the 1st of November, a wave estimated at 90 feet (30 meters), a feat that puts the Hawaiian and the Portuguese wave in the favorites in the categories of Ride of the Year and Biggest Wave in the Billabong XXL Awards.
See here the Garrett McNamara’s wave in Nazaré



The nominees are:
Ride of the Year Category: the Hawaiian Garrett McNamara with the wave of North Beach, the Americans Nathan Fletcher and Greg Long with waves ridden in Teahuppo/Tahiti and Puerto Escondido/Mexico and the Australians Ryan Hipwood at Cloudbreak / Fiji and Jeff Rowley in Jaws Maui, respectively.
Biggest Wave Category: In addition to McNamara with the wave of Nazaré, are nominated the Irish Ollie O'Flaherty and the English Andrew Cotton in Mullagmore Head / Ireland, the Basque Axi Muniain in Agiti / Spain and the Australian Damien "Taco" Warr in WA / Australia.
The winners will be revealed on May 4th at the Grove Theater, in Anaheim, California.
Remember that Garrett McNamara was in Praia do Norte, with the sponsorship of ZON during the months of October and November for surfing, tow-in and stand up paddle and film the documentary ZON North Canyon Show 2011. This is a three-year project started in 2010 and performed by the Hawaiian surfer who returns again this year to Portugal - for further information about the 2011 event please visit www.praiadonorte.com.pt.
The effect of the phenomenon known as "Canyon of Nazaré" (a geomorphologic rare accident, the largest in Europe and one of the world's largest, consisting of a failure in the continental shelf about 170 km long and five meters deep) channels the swell of the Atlantic Ocean to the North Beach creating big waves.
For further information contact:  press@praiadonorte.com.pt

Source:
http://praiadonorte.com.pt

2012/04/04

New Ibis budget Porto Gaia hotel

Welcome to Ibis budget hotels, where you can enjoy comfort at a low price!

The Hotel Ibis Budget Porto Gaia is located outside the city of Porto in Vila Nova de Gaia. The hotel has excellent access to the historic center of Porto, including the Port Wine Cellars and To EXPONOR - Porto International Fair and to Europarque- Congress and Cultural Center of Santa Maria da Feira.

©AccorHotels.com
Take the smart option and stay in a Cocoon & Design room, which can accommodate up to 3 persons (2 adults and 1 child). The rooms have an XL light shower, a toilet, a flat-screen TV, multimedia connections and WIFI, all at a very affordable price. Enjoy the snack bar any time of day, as well as the unlimited breakfast buffet in the morning!
Number of rooms: 95
Pet allowed : One pet is welcome per room, under its owner's supervision, for an additional nightly charge (varies with country).
Hotel address
Rua Martir S. Sebastiao
Afurada
4400-499 Villa Nova De Gaia
Portugal
Contact the hotel
Tel. (+351)220100034
Fax. (+351)220100039
Hotel Website click here

Source: http://www.accorhotels.com/ibis-budget-porto-gaia

New Wine Hotel opens at Quinta do Vallado

In the heart of Douro region, a few miles from Régua, Quinta do Vallado spreads along both banks of the Corgo River, near the place where it meets the Douro.

With references dating back to 1716, the Quinta has belonged to the legendary D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and remained in the family, ever since.

©Quinta do Vallado 
 
João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro, descendant of this well-known and respected lady, has recently restored the family house and decided to open its doors to those who look for a cosy place to stay in this wonderful scenery.
With its high quality wines recognized by the most reputable international experts, Vallado is a truly reference in the region. Here, one can enjoy the best Douro has to offer.
 
Location:
Quinta do Vallado, Vilarinho dos Freires, 5050 - 364 Peso da Régua, Portugal
To contact the Quinta please call +351 93 910 35 91

2012/04/03

Two awards from TripAdvisor

The Alfagar II Aparthotel, located in Albufeira, Portugal was awarded in two categories of  TripAdvisor´s Travellers´ Choice 2012 Awards:

Congratulations Portugal!

Portugal is the winner of BootsnAll's Indie Travel Take Down competition.
"In a big upset in the finals, Portugal squeaked by New Zealand to win the inaugural Indie Travel Take Down Tournament. In a tournament that saw lots of upsets, I don’t think many had the #8 seed in the Europe region winning the entire thing. But there are many good reasons why Portugal was crowned the Indie Travel champion."...

Read the full article here.
What is BootsnAll?
BootsnAll Travel Network is a community of online resources and travel guides that connect and inspire independent travelers — reaching over 3.6 million travelers per month. Currently based all over the globe with concentrations of people in the USA, Eastern Europe and Australasia.
 

Edelweiss Air will offer Zurique-Madeira route also next Winter

Given the sales success of Zurich to Madeira connection, which will start on April 8th, the Swiss airline Edelweiss Air announced that will extend this operation to next Winter IATA period.
The operation has the support of ANAM - Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea da Madeira and Madeira Promotion Bureau for promotional actions in co-branding with Madeira destination.
The flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, with a capacity for 168 passengers. This route will be operated with one weekly frequency, on Sundays.
Flight bookings for the next Winter IATA period can be made at any travel agent or the airline's Website: www.edelweissair.ch , since March19th
Edelweiss Air guide about Madeira Island

Source: ANAM - Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea da Madeira

Low-Cost Volotea will link Lisbon and Ibiza, starting 16 June

The low-cost carrier sets up its third operating base in Ibiza
The airline offers 76 flights to 53 cities in 10 European countries
Lisbon, 2 April 2012. – Volotea, the low cost-carrier for Europe’s small and mid-sized cities, has launched today its first flight out of Lisbon airport, to Ibiza in the Balearic Islands, starting 16 June.
There will be two weekly flights to the island, every Wednesday and every Saturday (Tuesday and Saturday during the first two weeks of operations).
Flights are available from today at €29 one-way, taxes included, on the airline’s site, www.volotea.com
Lisbon thus becomes the second Volotea destination in Portugal, after Porto, which will be linked to Venice Marco Polo up to three times a week, starting 24 April.
Actual schedules will be as follows (all times are local):



Lisbon-Ibiza

Ibiza-Lisbon



Departure

Arrival
Departure
Arrival
16-28 June

Tuesday

22.20
01.00

21.00

21.55

Saturday

22.45

01.35

21.25

22.20

From 29 June

Wednesday, Saturday
07.50

10.25

06.30
07.25



Barcelona-headquartered Volotea will base three Boeing 717 in Venice Marco Polo, from where, starting 5th April, it will operate 24 different routes across Italy and Europe, including Porto.
For Further information: www.volotea.com/en
Source: ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal