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    Algarve Tourism… Much More Than Beach Holidays

    The Algarve has dominated recent editions of the World Travel Awards in the category for Europe’s leading beach destination. So much so , in fact, that authorities are increasingly keen to diversify the region’s image and promote its many other diverse attractions. Like health and wellness travel, for example… This was the central theme of… Read more about Algarve Tourism… Much More Than Beach Holidays The post Algarve Tourism… Much More Than Beach Holidays appeared...

    The Algarve has dominated recent editions of the World Travel Awards in the category for Europe’s leading beach destination. So much so , in fact, that authorities are increasingly keen to diversify the region’s image and promote its many other diverse attractions. Like health and wellness travel, for example…

    This was the central theme of the Algarve Tourism Conference at Hilton Vilamoura Resort, with a focus on “New Markets for New Times – Preparing the Algarve for a Circular Economy in the 2020s”. 

    Conference participants were informed that: 

    – The global market for medical tourism is forecast to reach US$46.6 billion by 2021.

    – The global population for those aged 60-plus will reach 2.1 billion in 2050 (WHO).

    – Eight major trends in the global wellness industry are valued at US$4.2 trillion (Global Wellness Institute).

    They were also told by organisers that the Algarve’s natural assets were “the perfect environment for a 2020’s circular economy. By defining a sustainable development strategy and catalysing investment driven by market demand, we are going to explore the opportunities that exist for these ‘new’ markets.”

    Curated by Andrew Coutts (CEO ILM Tourism & Hospitality Real Estate Group Portugal), the conference was addressed by national and international experts who provided insight into the demand side: market trends, potential source markets and consumer behaviour. 

    Leading Algarve tourism and travel representatives, tourist lodging operators and hotel and resort developers evaluated and considered the supply side opportunities.

    The Algarve… named Europe’s leading beach destination in the World Travel Awards

    On the eve of the conference, local tourism leaders stressed the importance of the region diversifying and building on its prime beach holiday status in order to benefit from the evolving tourism market.

    Joao Fernandes, president of the Algarve Region Tourism Board, said, “For more than 40 years the Algarve has been the leading tourism destination in Portugal, attracting the greatest number of tourists per night. The region accounts for more than four million of nearly 19 million guest nights registered annually.

    “However, we are currently engaged in a long and continuous process of diversification, demystifying the preconception that the Algarve is only sun and beach – and consequently only a summer destination. None of these assumptions are true. Although it is true that our star product is, and will always remain, the sun and beach.

    “However, what people have come to discover is that there is much more than beautiful beaches… Elements such as the Mediterranean diet, or regional cultural production, levered by the Algarve 365 program, have been authentic flags in our promotion.”

    For insight into the Algarve’s main tourist attractions, in addition to sun and beach, check out our comprehensive Area Guides section.

     

     

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    Fascinating Autumn Festivities for Faro Airport Travellers

    For many people traveling to the Algarve, autumn is the season when the area is at its most appealing. The summer tourist crowds have eased off, the weather remains pleasant but not too hot when the midday sun is at its most potent, there tends to be a more relaxed ambience than during the peak… Read more about Fascinating Autumn Festivities for Faro Airport Travellers The post Fascinating Autumn Festivities for Faro Airport Travellers appeared first on Faro...

    Food festivals on the Algarve
    Photo by Nuno Calvet

    For many people traveling to the Algarve, autumn is the season when the area is at its most appealing. The summer tourist crowds have eased off, the weather remains pleasant but not too hot when the midday sun is at its most potent, there tends to be a more relaxed ambience than during the peak high season months… and it’s festival time. 

    Many of the most popular festivals and other events held from October to May are scheduled under the auspices of the “365 Algarve” programme. This initiative was launched in 2016 to ”improve the tourist experience and the attractiveness of the Algarve as a destination by regularly offering a quality and geographically-comprehensive cultural programme”. To that end, the diverse eight-month cultural agenda includes music concerts, theatre, dance performances, culinary events and other leisure activities.

    Forthcoming events on the Algarve in October include…

    Sagres Birdwatching and Nature Activities Festival

    10-13 October

    Described as “the biggest nature event in Portugal”, the festival includes a wonderful array of activities from field trips, boat tours, workshops and talks to environmental education activities and bird ringing sessions – as well as hikes, photography courses, history-themed guided tours and dolphin-watching.

    Forgotten food in Portugal
    Photo courtesy of Regiao de Turismo do Algarve

    Forgotten Food Festival

    October 2019-May 2020

    The main objective of this new culinary event is to highlight traditional foods that are disappearing from dining tables because of their “association with poverty” or because their agricultural value has been lost.

    The festival includes a series of “Charm Picnics” intended “to recreate alimentary habits of the mid-20th century, when many algarvians gathered at country picnics. Meetings where conviviality and sharing around the diverse food traditions of each place had a great social meaning for those who participated, while making a contribution to strengthening bonds and relationships…” The next Charm Picnic is on 19 October in Silves, when the experience will start with a small interpretative walk to reveal the identity of the place, and include accordionists and folklore dancers performing algarvian corridinho.

    Algarve Spa Week

    5-13 October

    Held under the theme “Be Active & Be Well”, the 10th edition of Algarve Spa Week invites guests to experience the best spas in the Algarve’s five-star hotels, with a 50 per cent discount on the ASW treatments menu. “In nine days make a sensory journey through the spas in Algarve, and discover places of absolute relaxation and pleasure to reinvigorate body and mind.”

    BLiP (Better Living in Portugal) Expo

    12-13 October

    Held at the Portimão Arena, the event brings together a diverse range of exhibitors presenting products and services that cover health care, financial services, insurance, consular services, energy solutions, gardens and outdoor living, leisure, removals, fashion, pest control, windows, doors, security, blinds, artisans, travel, technology, funeral services, property, food and wines and greetings cards. The aim, according to the organisers, is to provide residents and property owners with the means to enjoy the best possible life in Portugal.

    Jazz in the Wineries

    18 October

    Jazz in the Wineries comprises a series of 24 music sessions accompanied by tastings produced by the host wineries, together with samplings of tapas made from local products. The next session is on 18 October at Quinta João Clara, Alcantarilha (Silves).

    Victoria golf course in Vilamoura
    Victoria golf course (Lusotur Golfes)

    Portugal Masters

    24-27 October

    This European Tour event is the leading golf tournament held in Portugal this year, with top stars teeing up at the Arnold Palmer-designed Dom Pedro Victoria course in Vilamoura. Click here to read more about the Algarve’s stellar golf history.

    For more information about intriguing places to visit and what to do on the Algarve throughout the year, visit our extensive Area Guides section. 

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    European Tour Golfing Pedigree on the Algarve

    The Algarve has been a mainstay of the European Tour since 1973. That year – the second official season of the newly-branded, modern-day tour – Penina in Portimão hosted the Portuguese Open, an event dating to 1953 The tournament changed its guise over the years, but was played mostly on the Algarve (with a few… Read more about European Tour Golfing Pedigree on the Algarve The post European Tour Golfing Pedigree on the Algarve appeared first on Faro...

    Victoria golf course in Vilamoura
    Victoria golf course (Lusotur Golfes)

    The Algarve has been a mainstay of the European Tour since 1973. That year – the second official season of the newly-branded, modern-day tour – Penina in Portimão hosted the Portuguese Open, an event dating to 1953

    The tournament changed its guise over the years, but was played mostly on the Algarve (with a few trips to Lisboa and northern Portugal in between). From 1999 to 2011 it was permanently marketed with Algarve branding and held at various courses in the region.

    After a five-year hiatus it returned to Portimão (at the Morgado course) for one more edition (2017) before being rescheduled the following year as a European Challenge Tour event. In 2019, the 57th Portugal Open continued to be held at Morgado (mid-September), where Adrian Meronk made history by becoming the first Polish winner on either the Challenge or European Tour.

    Meanwhile, the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura has become the country’s premier European Tour stop, first played in 2007 and next month (24 to 27 October) being held at the Dom Pedro Victoria golf course for a 13th consecutive season. Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer in 2004, the course has also hosted the World Cup (in 2005). 

    Last year, Tom Lewis won his second Portugal Masters title, seven years after his debut European Tour victory on the same golf course; while Oliver Fisher became the first golfer to card a round of 59 in the Tour’s 47-year history.

    4th hole at Pinhal golf course in Vilamoura
    Pinhal golf course (Lusotur Golfes)

    Golfing Paradise on the Algarve

    The Algarve is one of Europe’s premier golf destinations, with several top championship courses designed by leading international figures, a superb all-year-round climate to play the sport, impeccably modern amenities, a relaxing ambience, superbly maintained fairways and greens… and the Algarve’s stunning surrounding scenery. As tourism authorities proudly note, “Golfers will be in golfing paradise in the Algarve.”

    The Algarve is an especially popular option for travelling U.K. golfers, and the region ensures ongoing investment in golf tourism with the development of new golf resorts and courses. Currently, there are more than 40 top courses along the Algarve’s picturesque and pristine coastline of coves, bays, inlets, beaches and Atlantic waters. They are conveniently located for golfers keen to test their skills on a variety of courses during a week-long or more extended stay, and magnificently complemented by other leisure activities and attractions for après-golf, non-golfers and family members.  

    Whether you are travelling to the Algarve to play golf or are visiting as a non-golfing partner or companion, there is plenty to enjoy away from the fairways. Check out our Area Guides section to help plan your holiday schedule.

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    Prestigious International Tourism Award for Portugal

    Turismo Portugal and Faro Airport have both been honoured for the high quality of services and amenities they provide to tourists and airline passengers. At a local level, during official celebrations for Dia do Município (Municipal Day), Faro Airport was awarded the gold grade merit medal. Expressing their excitement and gratitude for the award, the… Read more about Prestigious International Tourism Award for Portugal The post Prestigious International Tourism Award for Portugal...

    Municipal gold medal award for Faro Airport
    Facebook: AeroportoFaro

    Turismo Portugal and Faro Airport have both been honoured for the high quality of services and amenities they provide to tourists and airline passengers.

    At a local level, during official celebrations for Dia do Município (Municipal Day), Faro Airport was awarded the gold grade merit medal. Expressing their excitement and gratitude for the award, the Faro Airport team said it was “a distinction that makes us very proud and motivated to continue to develop our region and the tourist sector”.

    Internationally, during the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly in St Petersburg in September, the organisation’s annual awards ceremony was marked by the launch of the Accessible Tourism Destinations (ATD) initiative. Organised by UNWTO in partnership with the Spanish non-governmental organisation ONCE, this new award recognises destinations that are “proactively working to make tourism more accessible to everyone, regardless of physical, sensory or cognitive abilities”.

    Turismo Portugal was awarded the first international distinction (ATD2019) for its laudable efforts to ensure the destination can be enjoyed by all tourists. Announcing the award, the UNWTO noted, “In the last decade, Portugal has made outstanding efforts to make its tourism infrastructure, services and products more accessible nation-wide.”

    Award for Portugal at UNWTO Assembly
    UNWTO (Flickr)

    Now in their 15th year, the UNWTO Awards are considered the flagship prizes for the global tourism sector. Since 2003, they have recognised the work of organisations and individuals around the world that “positively impact and inspire the tourism sector through innovation and knowledge”.

    Another major award was presented to Spanish city San Sebastian for Public Policy and Governance, “for showing how tourism can be effectively managed to be sustainable and an effective tool for promoting and protecting local cultural heritage”. Destino Barcelona was also conferred a special mention as an exceptional urban tourism destination. (If you are planning to travel to Barcelona, check out our comprehensive Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport website.)

    MyWay Service for Disabled Passengers

    At Faro Airport, passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility have access to the free MyWay service, which is designed to provide assistance from check-in to boarding – and landing to the arrivals hall.

    MyWay assistance has been established in accordance with European Union regulations, to provide comprehensive help by means of mechanical equipment including wheelchairs, escalators, travelators (moving walkways) and lifts, as well as appropriate escorting and support through the airport.

    For more information about Faro Airport’s facilities for disabled passengers, click here.

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    Positive tourism figures for Faro and the Algarve during the first half of 2019

    A recent report from the National Statistics Institute (INE) of Portugal has highlighted positive tourism figures for Faro and the Algarve. The data collected by INE for the first half of the year shows a  7.9% increase in total revenues (€431.3 million total), 9.3% more guests (€2.17 million total) and 3.3% more overnight stays (8.62… Read more about Positive tourism figures for Faro and the Algarve during the first half of 2019 The post Positive tourism figures for Faro and the...

    A recent report from the National Statistics Institute (INE) of Portugal has highlighted positive tourism figures for Faro and the Algarve. The data collected by INE for the first half of the year shows a  7.9% increase in total revenues (€431.3 million total), 9.3% more guests (€2.17 million total) and 3.3% more overnight stays (8.62 million) compared to the first half of 2018.

    The information released by INE also shows an increase in domestic tourism, with 12.8% more Portuguese guests visiting (592,000 in total) and 11.3% more overnight stays (1.70 million in total). Foreign tourism has also increased with 8% more visitors (1.58 million in total) and 1.5% more overnight stays (6.91 million in total)

    Tourism from England has experienced a major improvement compared to the past two years, with an excellent increase of 6.8% (548,600 more guests in total) and 1.9% more overnight stays (2.64 million total). Thanks to this rise in tourism, England is now the main foreign market for overnight stays on the Algarve. Germany and the Netherlands follow close behind with 833,700 and 603,300, respectively.

    The growth in domestic tourism and flights from the UK and abroad has also had a positive impact on Faro Airport. Thanks to these increases, the airport has welcomed 6.6% more passengers during this period – totalling up to 2.01 million more.

    Commented on the positive results, João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), said, “Tourist results for this first semester are positive, first of all because they reflect an increase in income above demand, as well as the commitment of operators, both public and private, to strengthen the Algarve as a tourist destination. Thanks to our joint work we can maintain a good performance in the UK market despite the uncertainty generated by Brexit. Equally important is the growth in key issuing markets, such as Brazil and the United States, which reflects the effectiveness of ongoing market diversification plans.”

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    New route to Faro with EasyJet

    If you are planning a holiday this winter, you are in luck. EasyJet have announced 12 new routes from Bristol Airport in the UK, including one to Faro. There are also new routes to other top holiday destinations across Europe. The new flights to Faro are due to begin operation on 17 November this year,… Read more about New route to Faro with EasyJet The post New route to Faro with EasyJet appeared first on Faro...

    If you are planning a holiday this winter, you are in luck. EasyJet have announced 12 new routes from Bristol Airport in the UK, including one to Faro. There are also new routes to other top holiday destinations across Europe. The new flights to Faro are due to begin operation on 17 November this year, and will be scheduled four times a week. The number will increase to a a total of five flights a week from 29 November.

    We have put together a full list of all the other new EasyJet flights from Bristol Airport. This includes information on when each route starts and how many times per week each route will be operated. Take a look below to find out more…

    • Bristol – Athens (once per week, starting on 17 November)
    • Bristol – Barcelona (twice weekly, starting on 22 November)
    • Bristol – Belfast International (once per week, starting on 22 November)
    • Bristol – Corvera (once per week, starting on 16 November)
    • Bristol – Glasgow (five times weekly, starting on 18 November with plans to increase to six times per week on the 29th)
    • Bristol – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas (once per week, starting on 23 November)
    • Bristol – Lisbon (once per week, starting on 24 November)
    • Bristol – Málaga (twice weekly, starting on 18 November with plans to increase to four times per week from the 28th, then set to decrease to three times per week between 9 January and 3 February 2020)
    • Bristol – Paphos (once per week, starting on 27 November)
    • Bristol – Paris CDG (five times per week, starting on 18 November, then set to increase to six times per week on the 29th)
    • Bristol – Tenerife South (once per week, starting on 16 November, then set to increase to three times per week on the 26th)

    Looking to find out more about flights to and from Faro Airport? Click here to check out our fully up to date list of airlines operating at the airport. We also have dedicated pages with live details on arrivals and departures.

     

     

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