News

Portugal Expects Further Growth from Ireland

Portugal Expects Further Growth from Ireland

The Portuguese National Tourist Office is expecting further growth from Ireland in 2017, thanks to increased capacity on routes to Lisbon and Faro, as well as a key new route from Dublin to Porto, recently announced by Aer Lingus.

Antonio Padeira,Director of Portugeese NTO,Celina Tavares,Porugeese To and HE Bernardo

Antonio Padeira, Director, Portuguese NTO; Celina Tavares, Portuguese NTO; and HE Bernardo Futscher Pereira, Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland

With figures just released for September 2016 for the Portuguese Tourist Board, Portugal is yet again reporting a bumper year in tourism with overall figures for 2016 to date showing an increase in visitors of 9.2%, with bed nights at 1.151 million also up 8.7%. These figures are seen as a continued positive upward four-year trend for Portugal following on from 8.5% growth for the same period last year. Irish visitors to Portugal spent €257 million, an increase of 13.8%.

In terms of the Irish and UK markets, Ireland is up 10.3% year-on-year, with 235,600 guests, and the UK market including Northern Ireland is up 11.7% with 1,554,200 guests. These figures put the UK as the top market for Portugal, with Ireland in ninth position.

Airports in Ireland are confirming high fill-rates on Portugal departures to Faro and, of course, the Algarve is yet again Ireland’s favorite destination in Portugal, with an 8.7% growth rate. Faro also offers access to the Alentejo region of Portugal.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

More in News

IMG_3472

Turkish Airlines to North Cyprus

Michael FloodMarch 24, 2017
Government support needed to navigate challenges facing Irish Travel Trade
 
 
Dublin, 22nd March 2017  The Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ireland’s largest ever travel trade show, took place in RDS Hall 3, Dublin 4, today to a large gathering of travel professionals from across the country. The event was an opportunity for travel professionals to meet and discuss the growing challenges facing the industry. Pictured at the trade show are Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA and Cormac Meehan, President of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA).
***NO FEE***
Photography: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography
For further information please contact:
Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie 01 668 0600 or 086 3587153
Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie  01 668 0600 or 085 233 6033

ITAA President Calls on Minister Ross to Address Bonding and Brexit

Michael FloodMarch 24, 2017
Trailfinders 1

Trailfinders Ireland’s Award-Winning Ways

Neil SteedmanMarch 24, 2017
Valletta Waterfront

Valletta Unveils European Capital of Culture 2018 Programme

Neil SteedmanMarch 24, 2017
ITAA_17

Cormac Meehan Re-Elected as ITAA President

Michael FloodMarch 24, 2017
ASM Your Car Hire

Your Car Hire Appoints ASM as GSA for Ireland

Neil SteedmanMarch 24, 2017
Irish Ferries Haven_egg-cellent_newsite

Irish Ferries Unveils ‘Egg-Cellent’ Haven Offers

Neil SteedmanMarch 24, 2017
RCI 2018 SAILINGS ON SALE NOW

2018 Sailings Are On Sale Now

Neil SteedmanMarch 23, 2017
RCI BREAK FREE

Break Free!

Neil SteedmanMarch 23, 2017

Copyright © 2016 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland