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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.

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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.

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