American tourism in Portugal: strong growth & the ideal “new” destination to promote”;Miami: first direct connection to Portugal;Madeira Christmas swimming festival!

Madeira and Portugal news from Paul Abbiati:

American tourism in Portugal: strong growth & the ideal “new” destination to promote.”

Travel Daily News article:

“Last year was a great year for American tourism in Portugal, actually the best in the past decade, and 2011 looks even more promising. With Portuguese businesses seeing strong growth in 2010 and the U.S. market growing in double digits for the Portuguese hotel industry, tour operators and SATA Airlines are starting to increase their travel packages to Portugal.”

“Portugal continues to offer a tremendous value and a unique blend of old world charm, rich cultural experiences, a great climate and terrific cuisine.”

“Taking into consideration Portugal’s cosmopolitan cities, deluxe accommodation at reasonable pricing, wonderful weather and only six hours from New York City, it’s the ideal “new” destination to promote.”

“business to Portugal has increased by at least 30 percent this year,” and they are expecting an increase in 2011 as well.

“Portugal is a wonderfully warm and welcoming country with so much to do and see…We are delighted by the opportunity to bring so many Americans to Portugal and look forward to bringing many more in 2011 and beyond.”

In the past year, American hotel guests in Portugal were up 12.6%, and American overnights were up 9.4%.

The Azores saw a 26% increase in American travel & Portugal one of the best places to retire

Lisbon was highlighted in popular American media such as ABC’s Bachelorette, the J. Crew catalogue and the ever so popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. AARP named Portugal one of the best places to retire and Porto, Portugal was named sustainable and feted in Style magazine.”

Link to full article:
http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/40644-US-Tourism-to-Portugal-continues-to-be-on-the-rise-

Miami: first direct connection to Portugal

Bizjournals.com article:

“Miami International Airport is getting its first direct connection to Portugal.
Lisbon-based TAP Portugal, the country’s national airline, said in a news release that it would operate five flights a week to MIA, starting in June.
Miami would be the second city in North America that TAP serves, according to the news release, which was available only in Portuguese.

Digital photo taken by Marc Averette. Downtown aerial view of en:Miami, Florida June 2008.

MIA spokesman Greg Chin said the airline had not yet notified the airport, but the new route would be welcome, since there are currently no direct flights between MIA and Portugal.
“That would be a tremendous expansion of our European network,” he said.
Given the cultural ties between Portugal and Brazil, TAP’s service may bolster business between MIA and Brazil, too, he added. There are numerous flights between MIA and Brazil, Chin said.

Link:
http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2010/12/21/tap-portugal-to-fly-direct-to-miami.html

The Diario newspaper publishes a photo gallery on:

The Christmas Festival of the Madeira Swimming Association:

http://www.dnoticias.pt/multimedia/fotoreportagem/242002-festival-de-natal-da-associacao-de-natacao-da-madeira

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