Portugal best destination in the world
For several years now, the success of the tourism sector in Portugal has not wavered. This year again, Portugal continues its rise to the rank of the best destinations in the world.
On November 28, the 26th International Edition of the WTA -World Travel AwardsAmong the 12 awards received by Portugal, the country won the coveted title of "World's Best Destination" for the 3rd year running, Lisbon was named "World's Best City Break Destination" for the 2nd year running, and Madeira was named "World's Best Island Destination".
Already distinguished in 2019
In October, Portugal had already received the award for "Best Country in the World". Accessible tourist destination 2019 "The award was given for the first time by the World Tourism Organization (WTO). This is the first time the distinction has been awarded, in recognition of Portugal's efforts to promote accessible tourism, and in particular access to services and public transport, including for people with disabilities. disabled.
Portugal best destination and growth still on the rise
In August 2019, the State Secretariat for Tourism, had stated that. the revenues Tourism in Portugal had already generated a total of 7.3 billion euros in the first half of 2019. That is an increase of 6.5 % compared to the same period last year. The number of tourists could reach a record 24 million visitors for the year 2019, according to forecasts by the state-run Turismo de Portugal. This represents an increase of about two-million compared to 2018.
Half of the tourists who visited Portugal were mainly Spanish (14%), English (13.4%), French (10.3%), German (9.3%), and Brazilian (7.5%).
The sector has experienced in for 2018, an increase of 8.1 %38.4 billion to the country's economy. Research by the WTTC World Travel Tourism Council shows that in 2018, €1 in every €5 spent in Portugal came from tourism. What's more, the travel and tourism sector recorded one of the highest growth rates in Europe and created one in five jobs in the country.