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The number of holidaying residents opting to stay with friends and family instead of booking into a hotel grew by almost ten percent during the second quarter of this year, in comparison to the same period of 2011, much to the detriment of the national hotel industry.
Fresh figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) show that during the first six months of 2012, in comparison to the same period of 2011, the number of Portuguese residents opting for free holiday accommodation over hotels grew by eight percent, from 66.4 in 2011 to 74.4 this year.
Cascais Town Hall aims to attract visitors to the city’s historic centre with the creation of a guesthouse for young people and the installation of tourism and leisure businesses in that area.
Having bought the only property in Praça 5 de Outubro in the city’s historic centre that wasn’t in its possession, Cascais Town Hall now owns all of the buildings in that location.
Portuguese resorts, cities and companies have received a total of 26 nominations for this year’s World Travel Awards, with the Europe Gala Ceremony being held at the brand new Conrad Algarve hotel in Quinta do Lago on 6 October, prior to its official opening.
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair recently celebrated the second anniversary of its Algarve hub at Faro Airport with a press conference, a flash mob and the launch of new routes.
The celebrations were chased up days later with comments from the company’s second-in-command, who following a closed meeting in Lisbon last week made it clear that Beja Airport is of no interest to the airline; its sights are firmly set on the capital.