2008 News Archive - Holidays - Lisbon prepares for major tourism summit
10 01 2007
In May this year, Portugal will welcome some of the most important figures from the world of tourism when Lisbon hosts the seventh Global Travel & Tourism Summit.
Portugal's own reputation as a major force in the world of tourism has been growing at a phenomenal rate for a number of years and it is this status that has made it an ideal choice for the next major summit.
Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said: "By the end of this year, travel and tourism is set to account for 10.3 per cent of global GDP and more than 234 million jobs. Going forward, WTTC forecasts show continued growth across the world, averaging 4.6 percent per annum globally over the next ten years."
And Portugal will undoubtedly play a major role in driving this growth in Europe. With its enviable climate, refreshing breezes, spectacular beaches and world-class golf courses, the country has something for absolutely everybody.
In preparation for the May summit, officials have also noted that travellers get exceptional value for money in Portugal. One senior travel editor is also cited as referring to Lisbon as "the capital of cool in Europe".
From Castelejo to Cabo Espichel and Cabo do Sao, Portugal is packed full of awe-inspiring coastlines and excellent resorts suitable for families and couples alike.
The Algarve, in particular, has an outstanding reputation for sports and the golf courses overlooking the Atlantic are about as impressive as any in the world.