Starwood Hotels will bring the Sheraton brand to the upmarket resort town of Cascais in Portugal with the signing of the Sheraton Cascais Resort. Owned and managed by United Investments Portugal, the property will join the Sheraton brand on February 24th, 2016 under a franchise agreement with Starwood.
One of the world’s best football players, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the largest international Portuguese hotel group, Pestana, have announced a joint partnership to launch four new boutique hotels. Dionísio Pestana, owner and chairman of Pestana Hotel Group, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both hail from Madeira, acknowledge that this collaboration emerges from a great mutual empathy and trust. The joint venture, which is co-owned, by both Ronaldo and Pestana will be managed by The Pestana Hotel Group.
Portugal has led winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015, taking the title of Europe’s Best Golf Destination for the second year in succession. At a glittering event at Conrad Algarve, Portugal, Ernie Els Design was also recognised with the title of World’s Best Golf Course Designer of the Year.
Visits to the UK in the first half of 2015 are 16.8 million, the highest recorded over the first six months of any year showing a five per cent increase over 2014. In addition, visits to the UK by overseas visitors are three per cent higher in the twelve months to June 2015 compared to the previous twelve month period at 34.9 million. In June the UK welcomed 3.23 million visitors, in line with the record set in June 2014.
The Altis Belém Hotel & Spa is a five-star design Hotel located just a few steps from the Tagus River, in Doca do Bom Sucesso, the cultural and historic quarter of Belém, Portugal. Following the property’s nomination at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News hers visits to see just what it is that has caught the eye of voters.
Gatwick is set to raise a glass to celebrate the start of British Airways’ new direct service to the Portuguese city of Porto. The city, famous for its fortified wine and UNESCO-protected city centre, will welcome the four times a week service from Gatwick starting February next year.
Joao Cotrim de Figueiredo, president, Turismo de Portugal talks to Breaking Travel News on Day 1 at World Travel Market 2014.
Turismo de Portugal has announced the appointment of António Soveral Padeira as director of the Portuguese National Tourist Office in the UK & Ireland. Paderia has a wealth of experience working within the travel industry, having spent seven years as general marketing manager at Turismo de Portugal in Lisbon.
In 2013, UK visitors accounted for seven million overnight stays in Portugal, an increase of 8.6 per cent on the previous year. Last year proved to be a successful year for tourism in Portugal with visitor numbers increasing from both the UK and global markets.
Lisbon, the cosmopolitan and fascinating capital of Portugal, has been named Europe’s Leading City Break Destination. The city triumphed at the prestigious World Travel Awards, considered by many to be the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry, at the Europe Gala Ceremony held in Antalya, Turkey.
The Algarve has received a prestigious accolade recognising the region’s beach product as the best in Europe at the World Travel Awards ceremony in Antalya, Turkey. This year the Algarve was awarded the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Destination’ for the second year running, while Portugal took the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Golf Destination’, with voters citing the wonderful golf infrastructure in the Algarve as a contributing factor.
Turismo de Lisboa, the tourism body responsible for promoting the Portuguese capital, has appointed Hume Whitehead to handle its public relations activity in the UK following a competitive pitch. The agency will be responsible for raising the profile of Lisbon as a “must see” European city and highlighting the diversity of its attractions.