Visit Azores has reported a surge in UK visitor numbers from September to December 2017, with the number of UK tourists increasing by 14.6 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2016.
The Azores has also seen a rise in length of stays, with overnight UK visitors up 17.4 per cent for room nights.
Azores figures show the number of overnight stays by UK tourists totalling 14,688, whilst the number of visitors has grown to 4,528.
The new seasonal Ryanair route from Manchester Airport to Ponta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel, launching June to October 2018, is expected to further contribute to the rise in UK visitor arrivals as Azores becomes even more accessible to Brits.
A spokesperson for the Azores Tourism Board commented: “It is an incredibly exciting time for Azores and the rise in visitor numbers from the UK is testament to our efforts in promoting the destination to this key market.
“We are thrilled to see a growing interest in our country.
“Azores offers an incredible mix of experiences for all ages, including unique nature and wildlife activities, rich cultural offerings and unexpected food delicacies.”