The forecast is looking good for Portugal’s tourist industry and holiday homeowners, after leading travel association ABTA included it in its list of 12 hot holiday destinations for 2014.
Portugal features alongside exotic places such as Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mauritius, and is noted by ABTA for its “great food, historic cities, rugged coastline and stunning countryside, all done with great charm”. Neither Spain nor France featured on the list, which was compiled in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The ABTA report that accompanied the list highlighted that British holidaymakers have always loved Portugal and in 2013 visitor numbers were up by over eight per cent. It added that with new direct flights in 2014 to the main cities Lisbon and Oporto, savvy holidaymakers will be heading off to these two beautiful and historic towns for a city break with a difference. Meanwhile, the Algarve has a year round good climate and remains the main draw for UK holidaymakers, with surfers and more adventurous holidaymakers heading for the big waves and dramatic coves of Europe’s most south westerly point Sagres.
Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said: “We know that Brits hate to cut back on their holidays and after several years of tough market conditions, we are seeing early signs of more optimism amongst British consumers. However, with the squeeze on household budgets continuing, we are expecting that tried and tested destinations and package holidays will continue to perform well in the coming year. We are also expecting a range of other overseas destinations to prove popular in 2014, as well as another good year for domestic tourism after the heatwave in the UK in summer 2013.”
Portugal was ranked fifth in ABTA’s top 10 holiday destinations in its report in October 2013, attracting 1.6 million British holidaymakers. Maintaining a high level of foreign tourism is good news for owners of property in the Algarve, who can benefit from holiday lets.