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Thu, 11 Oct 2018

Turismo de Portugal Partners WTTC

Turismo de Portugal has become a Destination Partner of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

 Turismo de Portugal joins Visit California, NYC & Company, Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority, and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority as WTTC's fifth Destination Partner in five months. Turismo de Portugal is also WTTC’s first formal affiliation with a Destination Partner based in Europe.

The Destination Partner membership category was created to amplify the voice of major National Tourism Organisations and Destination Management Organisations from across the globe, and will try to tackle issues within the travel and tourism sector such as overcrowding, overtourism and crisis preparedness.

Turismo de Portugal. Click to enlarge.

Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, WTTC, said, “Portugal is a well-established destination with its travel and tourism sector boasting a growth rate that is three times faster than the country’s economy as a whole. Indeed, Portugal’s sector is healthy and growing. According to WTTC, in 2017, tourism contributed 17% to Portugal’s GDP and supported 1 in 5 of all jobs there.The inclusion of Turismo de Portugal as a Destination Partner helps to broaden WTTC’s representation of the global travel and tourism sector, allowing us to more effectively advocate for tourism actors and key issues worldwide.”

Luis Araújo, President, Turismo de Portugal serves as President of Turismo de Portugal, the country’s national authority responsible for the promotion and development of tourism. Mr. Araújo was appointed President of Turismo de Portugal in 2016 following a varied career in law and government both in Portugal and Latin America. In his current role, Mr. Araújo is responsible for promoting the Portuguese brand, attracting sector investments, and overseeing training provisions of Travel & Tourism workers in Portugal.

Luis Araújo said, “I am delighted to formally join the WTTC as a Destination Partner, and am wholly confident that this newfound partnership will be a great one for tourism in Portugal, strengthening our travel network and knowledge-sharing opportunities. Our recent collaboration at the Europe Leaders Forum led to a dynamic, thoughtful, and truly special event, which makes me hopeful for our new partnership and future ventures.”

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