Portugal elected "destination to visit" in 2018 by the Virtuoso Awards

Sep 18, 2018

Portugal is on the radar of North Americans and gaining ground as a luxury tourist destination. This time the country was voted as the "Hottest Destination" in 2018 by the Virtuoso Awards - a global network of luxury travel - at a ceremony held in Las Vegas, USA.

For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, this is "great news and shows that Portugal is increasingly affirmed as a destination of quality, which is attractive for tourists who spend more."

"It is especially important at a time when the United States is already our fifth largest market in terms of revenues, reflecting not only the doubling of air capacity but also the stronger bet we have made in this country," said the official, quoted in a statement.

Luís Araújo, the President of Portugal’s Tourism, said that "Portugal has been playing a leading role in the Luxury Tourism segment, essential for its position as a destination of excellence." In the first half of 2018 Portugal received 354,000 US guests, 21.3% more than in the same period of last year.

With more than 15,000 members, the Virtuoso network brings together tour operators and travel agents from around the world, which 9,000 are North Americans.

Source: Idealist

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