Portugal witnessed major inflow of Chinese tourists this year

Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017

PortugalThis year, Portugal’s Chinese tourist market underwent steady growth. This growth became a significant reason behind the importance of this year’s congress at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center, of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT) as explained yesterday by the Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal (Ana Mendes Godinho) at the opening ceremony of the 43rd Congress of APAVT.

“The Chinese market is having, this year, the biggest ever [revival] in Portugal with a growth of 40 percent,” Godinho said. “The undertaking of this congress here in Macau is particularly symbolic in a year where we achieved an old ambition of having a direct flight linking China and Portugal.”

As per State Secretary, the launch of such an air-link brings the two nations together. Side by side, it also makes situations for Portugal to become the “entry gate of China in Europe and the bridge that links to both the American and African continents.” She observed that the growth registered by the huge arrival of Chinese visitors to European countries is majorly due to the new flight route.

Also, Godinho highlighted that the Chinese tourist number until September 2017 has surpassed the total number of visitors in last year, noting nevertheless, “but there is still a lot to growth to be achieved.”

To quote Portuguese government official on the role of Macau, “the return of the APAVT Congress to Macau is a demonstration of the importance of Macau to Portugal, and the massive and enthusiastic adherence of the participants to this event is proof of the history which also marks the present and the future of our connections to the world.”


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