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2013/10/31

Portugal is the fifth country in the world with more entries in the Trivago list of 100 best destinations for 2014 in terms of price-quality

Trivago's best buy - Top 100 destinations for 2014 list in terms of price-quality includes 6 destinations in Portugal.

The biggest highlight is the Peneda-Geres which ranks ninth in the world and fourth in Europe. 

The others destinations in Portugal are 
Peniche (#59), Braga (#69), Figueira da Foz (#73), Vila Nova de Milfontes (#86) e Ericeira (#95).


Trivago says that in general Portugal as a remarkable position in the raking of the most valuable destinations for 2014, especially taking into account Portugal´s geographical dimensions." A mixture of history and culture, along with its natural surroundings, the "local hospitality and the reduced living costs lead Portugal to a position of prominence in world tourism in 2014."

More information about this 6 portugueses destinations at:
Peneda-Geres
Peniche 
Braga
Figueira da Foz   |  Along the coast of Centro de Portugal


About trivago:
Travelers find the ideal hotel for the best price on trivago. trivago is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from over 700,000 hotels on over 200 booking sites worldwide. trivago integrates over 82 million hotel reviews and 14 million photos in order to make finding the perfect hotel easier for users. Over 45 million visitors per month find their ideal hotel by using trivago’s various filters and in turn save an average of 35% per booking. trivago was founded in 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany and currently operates 40 international country platforms in 24 languages.

Source: Trivago

2013/10/30

Portugal is one of the best value travel destinations for 2014 according to Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has choosen the best value travel destinations for 2014 and Portugal is one of them.

"Each year the British Post Office surveys the prices in European holiday resorts. 

The most recent edition names Albufeira in the Algarve as the cheapest option for a summer family holidayThe Algarve in high summer may not be to everyone’s taste, but it shows that Portugal is great for the budget-conscious. 

There are excellent deals elsewhere too. Lisbon has wonderful coffee and sweet treats for a few euros, and you can ride cheap trams around to your heart’s content. 

Portugal is also, for Europeans, a superb place to surf without having to fork out the airfare to the sport’s traditional heartlands."

Source: Lonely Planet 

2013/10/24

Visitlisboa.com with a new version in Russian language

The official tourism promotion site from the Lisbon Tourist Board's (Turismo de Lisboa) -  www.visitlisboa.com -  is now available in Russian language.

With more than 1 million visits between January and September 2013, the visitlisboa.com  is now available in seven languages: Portuguese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. This website promotes Lisbon and it´s region as a tourist destination.

Contacts
Turismo de Lisboa
Visitors & Convention Bureau
Rua do Arsenal, 23
1100-038 Lisboa
T: +351 210 312 700
E-mail: atl@visitlisboa.com

Works from the Prado Museum at the National Museum of Ancient Art

Lisbon's National Museum of Ancient Art is to exhibit around 60 Spanish works from the Prado Museum from November 29th.

The exhibition “Painting from the North in the Prado Museum” features works by Rubens, Breughel and Lorrain and is thanks to an agreement between the two institutions. It will be the first time that such a large number of Prado Museum works will be put on show in Portugal.

The agreement forms part of a series of initiatives between the two museums, apart from this exhibition, such as the loan of the triptych "Temptation of Saint Anthony", by the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, currently on display at the National Museum of Ancient Art. As an offset, the Portuguese museum will receive a self-portrait of Albrecht Dürer, one of the ex-libris in the Prado Museum collection which is rarely lent out.

In 2016, the Prado Museum will put on a large exhibition for the 500th anniversary commemoration of the death of Bosch, bringing together a large part of his works.

In the National Museum of Ancient Art, founded in 1884, is to be found the most relevant collection of non-modern art in the country, including a number of important artworks classified as National Treasures such as the St. Vincent Panels, the Monstrance of Belém or the Namban Screens.

Porto and the North of Portugal with a new website

The Porto Tourism Association (ATP), the organisation responsible for promoting Porto and the North of Portugal abroad as a destination, has launched its new website, available at www.visitportoandnorth.travel

The new platform, with the latest innovative digital communication technology, aims to promote Porto and the North as a destination in various international markets.

More interactive and user-friendly, the new website provides motivational content, genuine experiences and creative suggestions for the tours that showcase the region's diversity in terms of Cuisine and Wines, Culture, Nature, Golf, Health and Wellness. It also includes a dedicated section specially for tourism products, associated with ATP service sales support, such as places to stay, congress centres, museums, Port wine cellars, restaurants, estates, among many other tourism services.

The Porto Tourism Association has a new-look image, with new content and in various digital support platforms, which is strongly focused on user interaction, in sharing experiences, being close to markets and adapted to "Porto and the North - The Essence of Portugal" brand asset products, meeting the different needs of tourists visiting the region.

2013/10/23

Golf in the North of Portugal


In the North of Portugal there are eleven courses located in absolutely inspiring natural settings, ideal for those who seek both a relaxing and stimulating physical activity, always in touch with nature and in the middle of breathtaking landscapes.


Golf in the North of Portugal from Porto Convention Visitors Bureau on Vimeo.


Learn more at: http://visitportoandnorth.travel/Porto-and-the-North/To-do/Golf

2013/10/22

Alentejo "Time To Be Happy" and Rota Vicentina "Two Steps To Freedom" videos awarded

Alentejo "Time To Be Happy" and Rota Vicentina "Two Steps To Freedom" videos were Silver Winners at the 4th Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2013.


The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards are honoring every year the world’s finest corporate films, on-line media and TV documentaries, in one of the most important film centers: Cannes.


The coveted Dolphin Trophies (Gold, Silver, Black and the White Dolphin – the Grand Prix) are awarded at Palm Beach Cannes every year in October. During the Awards Day the participants have the unique opportunity to discover the latest trends in the industry at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards Médiathèque, where all the films in competition are presented.


Alentejo Tempo para ser Feliz - Alentejo Time To Be Happy


















Rota Vicentina 

Douro Marina


The Douro Marina is a marina with 300 places of mooring for boats, which represents a new concept of marina that unites sport, leisure, tourism and nature at an innovative set of services and activities, not only for the Atlantic transit travelers, but also for locals and visitors alike.

Situated on the South Bank of the River Douro, Douro Marina is the largest infrastructure for recreational boating between Cascais and Galicia, assuming as a staging point for navigators in transit on the West Coast, with the provision of services, of extremely high quality, non-existent in this part of the country.

Get ready for new trips and unforgettable moments in Douro Marina.

Come and discover your place.




Douro MarinaRua da Praia
4400-554 Vila Nova de Gaia
Portugal


Phone: +351 220 907 300
Fax: +351 220 907 309
Mobile phone: +351 918 501 474
Email: info@douromarina.com

Latitude: 41º 08´ 35``N
Longitude: 41º 08´ 35``N
Call sign: Douro Marina
VHF: Channel 9


Source: Douro Marina

Baja Portalegre 500: 31st October to 2nd November 2013

Cross-country racing fans should check out the Baja Portalegre 500, to be held on the roads of the Alentejo region in November.

Over a period of almost 20 years, competitive racing tracks in the Alentejo region have hosted the Iberian peninsular’s most traditional cross-country racing competition – the Baja Portalegre, integrated within the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. This competition is organised in three categories - automobile, motor bike and quad - and its quality and competitiveness is confirmed by the annual presence of leading international pilots.


The Baja Portalegre 500 is organised by the Portuguese Automobile Association (ACP) and contributes to various competitions such as the Vodafone National Cross-Country competition, the Spanish Cross-Country Championship, the II Nissan Challenge (Spain), the Tomaz Mello Breyner Trophy and the RTP Cross-Country Trophy.

More information about the Baja Portalegre 500 at:
http://www.bajaportalegre.com

US Airways expands Charlotte service to Lisbon

US Airways is to launch new non-stop service between its largest hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and Lisbon, Portugal, from spring 2014. 

The new flights are currently scheduled for only the summer season and will operate from late May or early June through to late September or early October. 

"The flights complement service from our international gateway at Philadelphia and give consumers on both sides of the Atlantic more one-stop access to popular points in Europe, the United States and beyond." Said Andrew Nocella, the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning, from US Airways.

The link to Lisbon will commence on May 22, 2014, and will bring the number of international destinations US Airways serves from Charlotte to 38 – ten cities in Europe and 28 in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.  The US major now serves 145 airports in 28 countries from Charlotte.

Charlotte to Lisbon (May 22 - September 28, 2014)
From-to
Flight
Depart
Arrive
Charlotte – Lisbon
760
8:25 PM
9:20 AM*
Lisbon – Charlotte
761
11:20 AM
3:15 PM

Source: US Airways

New Rua dos Fanqueiros Elevator, linking São Jorge Castle with Baixa

©CM Lisboa
The Baixa district and São Jorge Castle are now linked by an elevator, thus facilitating access to one of the city's most visited and emblematic monuments that can be seen from Lisboa's historic downtown area.

The new elevator can be accessed from Rua dos Fanqueiros no. 170/178 and Rua da Madalena no. 147/155.

This has become an easy and convenient pedestrian route to climb this hill, which is one of the most visited in city, and São Jorge Castle, which welcomes one million visitors annually, 90% of whom are tourists .

According to the latest data from the Tourist Activity & Information Survey commissioned by Turismo de Lisboa , 51.5‰ of foreign tourists have visited São Jorge Castle. 
According to the same study, this is the fifth most visited tourist attraction in the city, after Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, the Discoveries Monument and Belem Cultural Centre. 

Opening Hours: everyday from 9am to 9pm.

Source: VisitLisboa

2013/10/18

Portugal has 12 nominations for the 20th annual World Travel Awards

Portugal has been nominated once again for world travel awards 2013, this time in twelve categories. The WTA are considered the "Oscars" from the tourism industry.

The portuguese nominees are:




World'sLeading Beach Destination 2013: The Algarve 
More info about the Algarve at www.visitalgarve.pt 

World'sLeading Island Destination 2013: Madeira Islands
More info about Madeira Islands at www.visitmadeira.pt

World'sLeading Design Hotel 2013: The Vine Hotel
More info about the Vine Hotel at www.hotelthevine.com

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 World'sLeading Golf Resort 2013: Hotel Quinta do Lago
More info about the Hotel Quinta do Lago at www.hotelquintadolago.com 

World'sLeading Luxury Resort 2013: Conrad Algarve
More info about the Hotel Conrad Algarve at www.conradalgarve.com 

World'sLeading Resort 2013: Conrad Algarve
More info about the Hotel Conrad Algarve at www.conradalgarve.com 

World'sLeading Villa Resort 2013: Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
More info about the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel at www.martinhal.com

World'sLeading Conservation Company 2013: Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua
More info about the Parques de Sintra at www.parquesdesintra.pt  

World'sLeading Air Travel Service Provider 2013: Groundforce
More info about Groundforce at www.groundforce.aero


And the portuguese 
Travel Technology nominees 2013 are:

World'sLeading Airline Website 2013 - TAP Portugal
More info about Tap Portugal at www.flytap.com 

World'sLeading Tourism Authority Website 2013Visitportugal.com 
More info about
 Visitportugal website at www.visitportugal.com

About WTA:
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

All regional winners then compete head to head in a final round of voting to decide who will triumph in WTA’s world awards – the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry. The winners are announced on the night of the WTA Grand Final Gala Ceremony, this year on the 30th November 2013 in Doha, Qatar.
This year, 2013, WTA celebrates its historic 20th anniversary year.

Source: WTA

British Airways launches new flights to Portugal from Heathrow

British Airways is planning to launch new flights from Heathrow to Oporto in Portugal for the summer of 2014.

The airline will start operating twice-weekly flights to Oporto from March 30. Tickets for flights from London to Portugal are now available for sale on ba.com or contacting a travel agent.

From March 30, the airline will also start twice-weekly flights from Heathrow to Faro. This move is intended to give travellers more choice regarding their departure airport, as the routes are already served by British Airways from Gatwick and London City. Faro will also benefit, as the airline is set to increase the Gatwick service from 8 to 14 services a week next summer.

Destination
Days
From
Time
Flt No
From
Time
Flt No
Faro
Sa Su
Dep
LHR
16:15
BA508
Dep
FAO
19:45
BA507
Oporto
Th Su
Dep
LHR
15:35
BA506
Dep
OPO
18:55
BA505

Lynne Embleton, director of strategy, said: ‘We want to give our customers even more great destinations to choose from next summer. We believe the introduction of Oportoi will prove very popular with holiday-makers looking for summer sun and the start of flights to Faro from Heathrow, plus the increase in frequencies to a number of popular summer routes will give them even more choice.’

As part of its summer 2014 offer, British Airways Holidays is offering a three-night break in Oporto at the Mercure Porto Centro hotel from £299 per person for travel in June, including return flights from Heathrow and accommodation only.

All British Airways flights include a free cabin baggage allowance, free on-line check-in and seat selection 24 hours before departure and complimentary food and drink on board.

Source: British Airways

2013/10/16

SATA increases connections with the United States and Canada and offers new fare products

Starting with the IATA Winter Season, which begins at the end of October, SATA will increase its flights between the Azores and the United States and Canada, at which time there will be one more weekly rotation to Boston and Toronto. 

The number of flights will be gradually increased until the months of July and August, when SATA will fly every day from Ponta Delgada to Boston, and six days a week from Ponta Delgada to Toronto.

The new system for ticket prices to Boston and Toronto will based on segmenting the fare classes, according to the actual services offered, examples of which are baggage and on-board service during the flight. 

The increased offer of seats to Boston and Toronto and the changes in the fares reflect the results that have been obtained in the last several years, thanks to a clear, long-term strategic bet on these two markets. 

The reinforcement of the regular connections between the Azores and North America, which will begin to take effect gradually starting at the end of October, means an increase of 11% (12,725 additional seats) in the offer to Boston and 36% (36,165 additional seats) to Toronto. In 2014, SATA will have a total of 114,108 seats to Boston and 97,680 to Toronto, besides the seats added already this year.


Source: SATA

Ryanair with new routes to Lisbon

©Ryanair
The low cost airline Ryanair will start operating from November 2013 four new routes from Lisbon airport to Brussels, Frankfurt,London and Paris.

The new routes will start operating on November 26 and are already available for booking.The company has been operating in Portugal since 2003 and with the announced four new routes it will provide a total of 71 routes
LisbonBrussels Charleroi26 Nov 13
Frankfurt Hahn26 Nov 13
London Stansted26 Nov 13
Paris Beauvais26 Nov 13
Ryanair will now link the Portuguese capital to Stansted Airport (London ) with two daily flights , Hahn airport ( Frankfurt ) with three weekly flights, and the airports of Charleroi (Brussels ) and Beauvais (Paris) with four weekly flights.

Source: Visitlisboa and Ryanair


Azores are "Preferred Destination" of European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations in 2014

Sete Cidades Trail_São Miguel Island©Turismo dos Açores|Veraçor
The Azores became officially the 2014 “Preferred Destination” of European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA), according to a protocol signed this week by representatives of the Government of the Azores and ECTAA’s representatives.
The distinction will bring added benefits to the Azores in the promotion of the archipelago as a quality tourist destination.
According to the protocol, the Azores will benefit from a series of actions intended to disseminate the information and promotional materials of our destination, such as the ECTAA site, newsletters, public presentations and other initiatives. In addition, the Azores will also have the opportunity to establish contacts with travel agents and tour operators that are part of this association as well as with all ECTAA members.
The Regional Secretary for Tourism of Azores, revealed that "ECTAA will organise in Ponta Delgada its biennial meeting" in June 2014, adding that the Azores "will not only participate in the event, but will also take part in its organisation by contributing with ideas and projects." Vítor Fraga also noted that "this protocol, in addition to bringing all benefits to the Autonomous Region of the Azores, supports our views regarding the promotion of the archipelago as a quality tourist destination."
In March this year, the Region became the "Preferred Destination" of the Portuguese Association of Travel Agencies and Tourism (APAVT), a distinction that is now reinforced with the agreement signed with ECTAA, which enhances the projection of the Azores Destination at a European level.

Established in 19661, ECTAA stands for the “Group of National Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations within the EU.” An international non-profit association under Belgian law, whose offices are located in Brussels, Belgium, ECTAA represents the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of the 15 Member States of the European Union.

Find more information about the Azores at www.visitazores.com

2013/10/15

Lisbon’s Award Winning Fontana Park Hotel Due Become Portugal’s First DoubleTree by Hilton

Following a succession of recent brand introductions in the Iberian Peninsula, Hilton Worldwide announced the arrival of DoubleTree by Hilton brand in Portugal with the  Lisbon's Fontana Park Hotel as Hilton's first hotel in the Portuguese capital.

In Portugal itself, the Lisbon property will join Conrad Algarve, which opened in autumn 2012, near to the existing Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, while Hilton Bom Sucesso Obidos Resort opens next winter.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "This is a major coup. Not only are we bringing one of Europe's hottest hotel brands to Portugal for the first time, we are doing so in the capital city, while also demonstrating the strength of our portfolio with this becoming our third brand in the country."

Fontana Park Hotel first opened in 2008 and its impressive design quickly won plaudits, including 'Best Interior Design' at the European Hotel Design Awards. The hotel has 139 rooms, nine meeting rooms, two restaurants and a bar.

John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "DoubleTree by Hilton continues its rise as one of Europe's most popular conversion brands and we are thrilled to be entering one of Europe's most fascinating and historic capital cities, with what is a stunning property."

Located on Rua Engenheiro Vieira da Silva, in the northern district of the city centre, the hotel benefits from excellent public transport links and is only 15 minutes from Lisbon Portela Airport. Its proximity to one of the city's main roads connects it to the historical tourist and shopping districts of Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Avenida da Liberdade and Alfama.

As one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon offers a variety of cultural, architectural and historical attractions. The Park of Nations, set out along the banks of the Tagus River, is an urban space that brings together contemporary architecture, theme gardens, exhibition centers, and is a venue for various shows and events. It also houses Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the largest marine mammal parks of its kind in Europe.

The coast to the west of Lisbon offers further leisure destinations, including the resorts of Estoril and Cascais, plus the historic and cultural town of Sintra.

The hotel will feature the brand's signature welcome with a warm chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in; an array of upscale amenities and guest services, and a unique and caring team member commitment to the local community.

Joaquim Justino, Chairman of Turismadeira SA, said, "This partnership provides a great opportunity for this excellent property to benefit from the global reach and operational expertise of one of the world's most powerful hotel brands. Located in an exciting and increasingly vibrant area of Lisbon, the DoubleTree by Hilton Fontana Park is destined for popularity with both corporate and leisure guests alike and we strongly believe that Hilton Worldwide will be able to make our jewel shine even more in future."

Guests of DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon - Fontana Park will enjoy the benefits of the world-class guest reward programme Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty programme that lets members earn both points and miles at the same time.



TAP to launch Manaus and Belem as new destinations in Brazil


The company extends its reach to 12 Brazilian gateways in 2014.

TAP Portugal announced the start of operations to Manaus and Belem, both cities in Northern Brazil, as of the beginning of June 2014. With the addition of these new destinations to its network, the company increases to 12 the number of gateways operated in Brazil and further strengthens its positioning as the world’s leading airline in operation to that key market in South America.

The operation is to be launched with three weekly frequencies – on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – and flights will operate the route Lisbon – Manaus – Belem – Lisbon, thereby allowing TAP to enter for the first time into Northern Brazil, a region with great potential for tourism and where the offer of international flights is still very scarce.

Out of Portugal, flights will depart TAP Lisbon hub at 09h30 and arrive in Manaus at 13h40. After one hour turn-round time flights go on to Belem arriving there at 17h40. At 19h10 return flights depart Belem with arrival in Lisbon at 06h45 (following day).

The introduction of these new services will not only allow TAP to access and fly direct traffic between North Brazil and Europe, but also to increase the seat availability in other TAP operated routes in Brazil, which nowadays and due to the company’s high load-factors can hardly meet the increasing demand.

Currently, neither Manaus nor Belem have direct flights to Europe in operation. Thus, the launch of TAP direct flights to those cities, that are the gateway into North Brazil, represent quite a significant step forward. From June 2014 onwards, customers will be provided with the most convenient and fastest connections to Lisbon and many other destinations beyond across the company’s European network.

Currently, TAP operates direct flights to 10 gateways in Brazil: Fortaleza; Natal; Recife; Salvador; Brasilia; Belo Horizonte; Rio de Janeiro; Sao Paulo; Campinas and Porto Alegre, adding in the whole to 74 weekly frequencies operated in average. With the introduction of Manaus and Belem as new destinations, TAP will from now on cover all regions in the country, considerably reinforcing the reach of its network in Brazil. 

Source: Tap Portugal

One of the best golf destinations in the world just got better - Portugal Golf Membership


The Portugal Golf Membership is a new idea in the international golf market.

Brought to you by Turismo de Portugal in association with the European Tour, this virtual platform is designed to offer the ultimate golf experience to all who become members and intends to make Portugal the best European golf destination.

The membership is free and the offers start as soon as you book your trip! Free green fees, great hotel discounts, the chance to team up with a pro and much more. 

Portugal is indeed a country of contrasts with a unique diversity of courses and with the Portugal Golf Membership, one of the best golf destinations just got better. 

All you have to do is become a member and choose your perfect golf trip.

Don't wait any longer, visit Portugal’s Golf Membership here.

Joana Vasconcelos in ART WARS

Photo: Luís Vasconcelos
The portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is taking part in the project Art Wars, which challenged various artists to costumize a Stormtrooper helmet, created by Andrew Ainsworth for the Star Wars movies.

The result will be revealed to the public at Saatchi Gallery, in London, between October 9th and 13th. Among the invited artists are Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Mr. Brainwash and Paul Fryer.

The project includes a series of posters that will be showcased for 4 weeks on London Underground's Regent's Street station, during Frieze London.

Art Wars was created by Ben Moore with the aim to raise funds to find his brother missing since 2003. At the end of the exhibition, the works will be auctioned and revenues will revert towards the 'Missing Tom' fund.