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Portugal won 24 Oscars in the European Tourism categories, the best result ever achieved. In 2015 received 14. This demonstrates that the dynamism, quality and consistency of tourism activity in Portugal, is internationally recognised. The Turismo de Portugal was voted, for the third consecutive year, as Europe’s Leading Tourism Board.
The Portuguese regions were also acknowledged, with the Algarve being voted as the best beach destination. Madeira was considered the best island, and Lisbon the best cruise destination and with the best port. TAP Portugal was also recognised as the best airline to fly to Africa and to South America as well as best on board magazine. Various hotels and Portuguese tourism projects also brought awards to Portugal. Also to be added to these 24 Oscars is a further 13 awards given to Portuguese hotels.
This overwhelming number of awards to Portugal and the Portuguese tourism offering shows the large capacity of Portugal to assert itself and one of the best tourism destinations in Europe. It is thanks to all who work daily in tourism industry that we have these results, bringing tourism growth to more than 10%. The positioning of Portugal as a tourism destination of preference and prominence has strengthened at a steady pace over the last 10 years. The recognition of this evolution is confirmed through the various awards received from the most prestigious worldwide tourism organisations.
“We are all proud and at the same time motivated to continue to promote our destinations, offer and innovation to ensure that we have the right conditions to answer the requirements of demand”, said Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism.
The presentation ceremony of the 22nd edition of the World Travel Awards took place on Sunday, 4th September, in Sardinia, Italy.
Since 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledges the work carried out, worldwide, in the tourism industry sector, stimulating competition and quality of Tourism Industry. The selection of the nominations is carried out on a worldwide scale by thousands of professionals of the sector, yearly choosing their favourites.
After the unfortunate events of August 9th at Madeira Island, more concretely at the city of Funchal, Tourism of Portugal informs that the touristic activity keeps on going and has returned to normality.
Madeira airport and Funchal sea port are totally operational as well as the other public transports in the Island.
There are some occasional constraints regarding the functionality of some spaces and touristic activities within some limited areas but the majority of the islands tours are in perfect use conditions.
Most tourists that had to be evacuated, mainly by precaution, have already returned to their original hotel units and the situation should be totally normalized this afternoon.
The main hotel area of Funchal has not been affected and the only situations of relocation were fully accompanied by local authorities.
The general mood is of normality and serenity, being a fact that most tourists made different tours among which some excursions, boat trips or even some walks at the city center.
More detailed info about the touristic activities can be seen at the official website of Madeira Islands: www.visitmadeira.pt
Regarding the situation in Portugal mainland we inform that general means of transport as well as the road network are working without constrains.
Also, the touristic activity is running within normality.
For detailed information on this matter, tourists shoul contact +351 211 140 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, the National Protection Civil Authority can be reached through 800 296 296 or at the website www.prociv.pt
With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round. This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality. Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.
Come and discover the charms of this country too.
The new laws open the possibility for foreign investors who have regular input into national territory through a transfer of capital, job creation or purchase of real estate, to apply for a residence permit for investment activity.
The holders of Golden Residence Permit for Investment Activity have the right to family regrouping, and may gain access to a permanent residence permit, as well as to Portuguese citizenship in accordance to the current legal provisions.
ARI - the Golden Residence Permit Programme is developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Department of Consular Affairs and the Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP), and the Ministry of Internal Administration through the Immigration and Border Service (SEF).