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ATOP NEWSLETTER JUNE - JULY 2010 Association of Travel Organizers to Portugal


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Dear Reader, In this edition of the ATOP newsletter you will find news and various exciting offers from our members! Find out all about the different members’ online promotions, and take advantage of the special offers on the ATOP website. You can now also follow us and find out all the latest news about ATOP, ATOP Members and Portugal on our Twitter page. ATOP was created in 2003 and brings together tour operators, travel agents, airlines and the Portuguese National Tourist Office, and other Associate Members, with the aim of increasing visitor numbers to Portugal. The Association is non-political and enables industry partners to make contacts and develop important business relationships. Kind regards, Mary Anne Popoff President of ATOP e: map@destination-portugal.co.uk t: 0044 (0)7712 106395

ATOP news - ATOP and Turismo dos Açores - A Journet Through the Azores - ATOP and Turismo do Alentejo - Alentejo Familiarisation Trip - ATOP Members - World Travel Awards 2010 - ATOP 2010 AGM ATOP recommends - June/July events in Portugal! News from ATOP members - Atlantic Holidays - Travel Agent Wins Free Holiday to Porto Santo - Atlantic Holidays - Introduces 10 & 11 Night Holidays - Pousadas de Portugal - Pousada de Elvas Reopens - SATA Internacional - Grows in number of passengers, number of flights and load factor - SATA Internacional - Grupo SATA offers special arrangements for canyoning enthusiasts - SATA Internacional - SATA reaches 86% on the rate of satisfaction of the Mistery Client Program - Select Resorts - New Algarve Travel Guide iPhone Application - Select Resorts - Icelandic Volcanic Disruption Not Deterring Holiday Golfers from the - Premier Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort - Select Resorts - Special discount offers - TAP - TAP S.A. profitable again, making €57 million - TAP - TAP is the best airline in the world - TAP - TAP is Portuguese Brand with best environmental practises - TAP - TAP among best for punctuality - TAP - TAP voted third best airline in Southern Europe - Atlantic Holidays - Free Half Board Offer extended to Porto Santo - Classic Collection Holidays - Free Night Offers - Classic Collection Holidays - Early Booking Offer - Destination Portugal - M’ar De Ar Muralhas Hotel Special Offer - Destination Portugal - São Joaninas (St John) Special - Keytel International - Pousada Summer Offer - Keytel International - 5 night Pousada Passport - Leisure Link Golf Holidays - Marriott Praia d’El Rey, Óbidos - Ramblers Worldwide Holidays - A walk around four beautiful Islands in the Azores - Sunvil Discovery - Madeira Summer Packages - Quinta do Estreiro, 5* Hotel, Ribeira Braca - Select Resorts - Fantastic Villa with 25% OFF All Dates - Villas To Go - 25% Off All Dates in June - Villas Worldwide - Fab new villa in the Algarve with heated indoor and outdoor pools Other news


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ATOP and Turismo dos Açores A Journet Through the Azores On the 14th of April, ATOP and Turismo dos Açores invited UK travel agents and tour operators to ‘explore’ the Azores. The event “A JOURNEY THROUGH THE AZORES” took place at Hilton Gatwick and was a success! There were presentations about the Azores with lots of detailed information about the Islands, and what activities are available for clients, etc; it was also a chance for Travel Agents to meet ATOP Members who sell the Azores. Lots of information was available with a variety of programmes to the Azores being offered. The event was followed by lunch and there was a draw with several prizes, including trips with flight and accommodation to the Azores. The Azores main prize of a week’s stay for 2 people with flights and accommodation was won by one of the Travel Counsellors Team who supported the event. To know more about this beautiful islands download the Azores general brochure, by Turismo dos Açores/ Associação de Turismo dos Açores or visit www.discoverportugal-azores.co.uk For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk

-----------------ATOP and Turismo do Alentejo Alentejo Familiarisation Trip A group of travel agents/tour operators have participated in one of ATOP Fam trips: this time to the Alentejo! This 4 day trip (11 to 14 May) was organized in association with Turismo do Alentejo. Itinerary included: Visit Tróia and stop at Comporta Beach; Cooking lesson at restaurant Arte e Sal; Vila Nova de Milfontes boat trip on Mira River - Cais da Fateixa; Walking tour on the coast with Alentejoadventures; Visit Cabo Sardão; etc... The group led by Mary Anne Popoff and guided by Olga Miguel, were very well looked after and shown many places of interest. Naturally the wonderful gastronomy of the Alentejo was a greatly enjoyed feature, and an excellent dinner was had in Grândola. This was hosted by Antonio Lacerda and Carine Batista of Turismo do Alentejo, and a few other local suppliers and agents also attended. These trips are really useful for seeing a cross section of what is available in lesser known places, and in fact one of the highlights of the trip was the last night stay at Herdade do Touril close to Zambujeira do Mar. This is a rural tourism project, but has already been featured by Conde Nast Traveller twice…it is so photogenic, and a special place where every detail is thought about. You can see the sea from the garden, and in May the Storks nest on the cliffs close to the hotel They are such a pleasure to see. I am told that the storks used to migrate but they gave that up and now stay year-round as they like the area so much…I know how they feel! For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk


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ATOP Members World Travel Awards 2010 The nominees of the 17th World Travel Awards, voted by travel agents worldwide, include ATOP Members: TAP (for Europe’s Leading Airline Award) and Turismo de Portugal (for Europe’s Leading Tourist Board Award). Portugal nominee for more than 30 “Oscars”, including: Lisbon Airport for Europe’s Leading Airport Award; Lisbon for Europe’s Leading City Break Destination, Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination anf Europe’s Leading Cruise Port Awards; Dona Ana/Lagos for Europe’s Leading Beach Award. 2010 World Travel Award Nominees at www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees2010-8 For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk

-----------------ATOP 2010 AGM The next ATOP General Meeting will be held on the 9th June at the Portuguese National Tourist Office in London. The seventh AGM will take place in the Alentejo on October 14-16th. For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk


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June/July events in Portugal! NORTE E PORTO REGION http://norte-porto.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Feasts of São João, Porto 01 - 30 June 2010 www.portoturismo.pt Serralves em Festa, Porto 05 - 06 June 2010 www.serralves.p Ponte de Lima Horse Fair, Expolima - Ponte de Lima 24 - 27 June 2010 www.feiradocavalo.com Paredes de Coura Festival, Praia do Tabuão - Paredes de Coura 28 - 31 July 2010 www.paredesdecoura.com Medieval journey to Santa Maria da Feira, Santa Maria da Feira 29 July - 08 August 2010 www.viagemmedieval.com Festas Gualterianas, Guimarães 30 July - 02 August 2010 www.guimaraesturismo.com International Garden Festival, Ponte de Lima 28 May - 30 October 2010 www.festivaldejardins.cm-pontedelima.pt Opera and Classical Music Festival, Ponte de Lima date to be announced www.operalima.com European Jet Ski Championship, Mirandela date to be announced ATOP members operating in Porto & Norte Region: Archipelago Azores Ltd, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, PTG Tours Ltd, Pousadas de Portugal, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Someone2travelwith, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal, Villas Worldwide, Vintage Travel

CENTRO REGION http://centro.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Dinosaurs invade the Naturtejo Geopark, Castelo Branco - Geopark Naturtejo 27 March - 31 October 2010 http://dinoexpo.com.pt Festivities of the Holy Queen, Coimbra 01 - 31 July 2010 www.turismo-centro.pt Citemor – Festival of Montemor-o-Velho, Montemor-o-Velho date to be announced www.citemor.com Festa da Ria date to be announced ATOP members operating in Centro Region: Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, PTG Tours Ltd, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Someone2travelwith, Sunvil Discovery, The Villa Agency, Villas Worldwide

LISBOA REGION http://lisboa.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Sintra Festival, Sintra 28 May - 04 July 2010 www.festivaldesintra.pt Festivities of Lisbon, Lisboa 01 - 30 June 2010 www.festasdelisboa.com International Lusitano Thoroughbred Festival, Hipódromo Municipal Manuel Possolo - Cascais 02 - 05 June 2010 www.estorilive.com


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Estoril Open de Portugal, Penha Longa Hotel Golf Resort - Sintra 10 - 13 June 2010 Ladies Open of Portugal, Campo Real - Torres Vedras 25 - 27 June 2010 www.ladieseuropeantour.com Festival ao Largo, Largo de São Carlos - Lisboa 26 June - 26 July 2010 www.festivalaolargo.com Estoril International Showjumping Competition (CSI/5*), Hípódromo Manuel Possolo - Cascais 01 - 03 July 2010 www.globalchampionstour.com Medieval market, Óbidos 01 - 18 July 201 www.obidos.pt 0 Cool Jazz Festival, Cascais and Mafra 01 - 29 July 2010 www.cooljazzfest.com FIARTIL – Estoril International Handicrafts Fair, Estoril 01 July - 29 August 2010 Estoril Jazz - Jazz on a Summer Day, Casino Estoril 02 - 04 and 09 - 11 July 2010 www.projazz.pt Delta Tejo Festival, Alto da Ajuda, Monsanto - Lisboa 02 - 04 July 2010 www.deltatejo.com Optimus Alive!, Passeio Marítimo de Algés 08 - 10 July 2010 www.optimusalive.com CCB gone wild, Centro Cultural de Belém - Lisboa 15 July - 31 August 2010 www.ccb.pt Festival Super Bock Super Rock, Herdade do Cabeço da Flauta - Meco (Sesimbra) 16 - 18 July 2010 www.superbock.pt Óbidos Opera Festival, Óbidos 22 July - 29 August 2010 www.obidos.pt Óbidos International Piano Week, Óbidos 28 July - 08 August 2010 www.pianobidos.org Festival of the Oceans, Lisboa 31 July - 14 August 2010 www.festivaldosoceanos.com Festa dos Tabuleiros (Festival of the Trays), Tomar date to be announced Estoril Music Weeks, Estoril date to be announced www.estorilfestival.net ATOP members operating in Lisboa Region: Archipelago Azores Ltd, Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Classic Collection Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, PTG Tours Ltd, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Someone2travelwith, Sata International, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal, The Villa Agency, Villas Worldwide

ALENTEJO REGION http://alentejo.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Monsaraz - Open-air Museum, Monsaraz 09 - 25 July 2010 www.cm-reguengos-monsaraz.pt World Music Festival, Porto Covo and Sines 28 - 31 July 2010 www.fmm.com.pt Évora Clássica Festival date to be announced www.festivalevoraclassica.com ATOP members operating in Alentejo Region: Alentejo Tourist Office, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, PTG Tours Ltd, Someone2travelwith, Sunvil Discovery, The Villa Agency


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ALGARVE REGION http://algarve.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers New Winds – Energy of the Discoveries, Sagres 05 September 2009 - 31 December 2010 Allgarve’10, various 20 February 2010 - Friday, 31 December 2010 www.allgarve.pt FIESA 2010, Pêra 22 May - 22 October 2010 www.fiesa.org Portugal Match Cup, Portimão 23 - 27 June 2010 www.portugalmatchcup.com Festival Med, Loulé 23 - 27 June 2010 www.festivalmed.com.pt Loulé International Jazz Festival, Cerca do Convento do Espírito Santo - Loulé 17 - 31 July 2010 ATOP members operating in Algarve Region: Algarve Agency Ltd, Algarve Select, Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Classic Collection Holidays, Design Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Palmer & Parker, Pousadas de Portugal, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Someone2travelwith, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Air Portugal, The Villa Agency, Villa Plus Ltd, Villas Worldwide, Vintage Travel

AZORES REGION http://azores.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Sanjoaninas, Angra do Heroísmo - Terceira 19 - 27 June 2010 www.sanjoaninas.com SATA Rallye Azores, São Miguel Island 15 - 17 July 2010 www.satarallyeacores.com ATOP members operating in Azores Region: Archipelago Azores Ltd, Atlantic Holidays, Azores Tourist Office, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Pousadas de Portugal, Someone2travelwith, Sata International, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal

MADEIRA & PORTO SANTO REGION http://madeira.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Atlantic Festival, Madeira Island 05 - 26 June 2010 www.madeiraislands.travel ATOP members operating in Maderia & Porto Santo Region: Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Classic Collection Holidays, Design Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Madeira Tourist Office, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Sata International, Someone2travelwith, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal

For further information please visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk or www.visitportugal.com


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Atlantic Holidays Travel Agent Wins Free Holiday to Porto Santo Atlantic Holidays recently held a travel agents promotional evening at the Residency of the Ambassador of Portugal in London, to promote its new direct flight from London Gatwick this summer, to the small idyllic island of Porto Santo. The evening consisted of a short presentation by Dino Toouli on the island followed by drinks and canapés before the winner was announced. The lucky winner of a 7 night holiday for 2 at the 5* Pestana Porto Santo Hotel was won by travel agent Jackie Bulmer from Ian Allan Travel in Sherpaton. Presenting her with her prize is Joao Camacho, Managing Director of Atlantic Holidays. For further information call Atlantic Holidays on 01452381888 or visit www.atlanticholidays.net

-----------------Atlantic Holidays Introduces 10 & 11 Night Holidays Atlantic Holidays has introduced 10 & 11 night holidays to Madeira for the remaining of the summer season. Dino Toouli Sales & Marketing Manager said “Feedback from our customers showed that 7 nights sometimes was not long enough and 14 nights was sometimes too long. By having both Monday & Friday flights from Gatwick & Manchester has allowed us to offer 10 & 11 night durations.” Toouli added, 10 & 11 night prices at the 5* Pestana Casino Park hotel with free upgrade to half board, lead in at £619pp & £659pp respectively between 7th June – 12th July. The 5* Quinta Da Bela Vista has also extended a FREE Half board offer saving up to £390pp for 10 nights and £434 for 11 nights. For further information call Atlantic Holidays on 01452381888 or visit www.atlanticholidays.net

-----------------Pousadas de Portugal Pousada de Elvas Reopens The Pousada that started it all in the Alentejo has been reborn with a make over, and is now open. Opened in 1942, the Santa Luzia Pousada was the first of the Pousadas de Portugal and is an example of typical Alentejo architecture. Today, this charming hotel in Elvas offers its guests not only all possible comfort but also the best Alentejo cuisine, especially the renowned bacalhau dourado (golden codfish), or its famous dish of pork trotters in a coriander marinade. For further information call Pousadas de Portugal on (+351) 218 442 000 or visit www.pousadas.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional Grows in number of passengers, number of flights and load factor Grupo SATA recorded a consolidated growth (SATA Internacional and SATA Air Açores) from 7.2% in the number of passengers carried from January to April during this year over the same period of 2009, or over 26 417 passengers. The number of flights also grew by 6.2%, that is, more than 390 flights performed. Emphasis, even, for a 1.5% increase in load factor (number of seats used against the capacity of the aircraft), which shows highest and best use of seat supply over demand. SATA International grew by 9.9% in the number of flights, that is, more than 183 flights taken in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 and carried over 21,822 passengers, which represents more than 9.7% against the accumulated from January to April 2009. The Load Factor is growing by 1.7 percentage points, from 68.9 to 70.6%. In terms of routes, highlights, among others, to the domestic routes from the Azores and Madeira. Thus, the domestic Azorean routes show an increase of 6% in the number of passengers carried and 6.8% in the number of flights taken. For domestic routes from Madeira, there is an increase of 9.2% in the number of passengers carried and 3.4% in the number of flights taken. Highlights for the various routes to North America, including Canada and the United States, where there is, respectively, a growing of 12.3% and 18.6% in the number of passengers carried. Regarding SATA Air Açores, highlights to the 4.7% growth in the number of flights, reflecting the introduction of the Bombardier Q200, as well as for growth of 3.2% in the number of seats used.


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In terms of routes operated by SATA Air Açores, highlighting the routes within the Azores showing a growth of 5.2% in the number of seats used, that is, more than 6405 seats used, and 4.3% in the number of flights taken, in view of over 157 flights in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period of 2009. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional Grupo SATA offers special arrangements for canyoning enthusiasts Canyoning enthusiasts can now enjoy a special baggage allowance for the transport of their equipment. At the request of the Azores Regional Tourism Association (ART), Grupo SATA has made special arrangements for the transport of canyoning equipment, a fast growing sport with a number of unique destinations in the Azores islands. Grupo SATA’s special arrangements include an additional allowance of 10 kilograms for flights in Europe and to and from Canada, and a 50% discount in fees (for passengers with more than 2 pieces of baggage, or baggage exceeding the maximum size or weight per piece) for flights to and from the United States. As usual, customers must make advance reservations for this equipment, which will be analyzed and confirmed by Grupo SATA reservations based on the flight’s weight availability. If customers do not make advance reservations, or if SATA is unable to confirm them, the equipment will be accepted at the airport on a “stand by” basis (i.e. accepted based on the aircraft’s actual availability). These special arrangements for canyoning enthusiasts are part of Grupo SATA’s commitment to become an increasingly “Sports Friendly Airline” group, with its airlines offering additional advantages to sports enthusiasts, with special arrangements for transporting the specific equipment used in each sport. Special arrangements of this nature are already in place for surfing, diving and golf, all of which are growing in popularity. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional SATA reaches 86% on the rate of satisfaction of the Mistery Client Program Mystery Client audit program, held in various areas of contact with customers of Grupo SATA, has achieved a rating of 86% in the Rate of Client Mystery’s Satisfaction. For two years, SATA in partnership with Dynargie has an ongoing audit program to the service provided to their customers, using the methodology of the Mystery Client. The target set is to turn SATA’s service into an Excellence service. Mystery Client Program uses audits conducted by regular customers, who are formally trained to anonymously assess the service provided by our employees, especially those behaviors and attitudes provided in all moments of contact with customers and the general public. Over the past two years, the project was developed in partnership with Dynargie, which specializes in Attitudes and Behaviors and occupies a prominent place in the national economic area, and even IAPMEI considered as belonging to the restricted group of key companies in the national economy. During this period there were 106 mystery customers that traveled weekly on our flights and sought our services for Contact Center, Check-in, Boarding and Landing and Service Aboard, filling the audits in which they report the assessment made on the spot where they have been assisted. These audits have been reviewed by the heads of each team of collaborators, and later, with them, were discussed and worked out the points that the mystery clients identified as being less positive. The Mystery Client Program is not a tight project and substantiates a constant work of monitoring and attendance. The results show that the client is SATA’s focus of concern and this is reflected in the rising of the overall percentage of mystery client program’s satisfaction. So, if two years ago, when the project with the Dynargie begun, they believed that SATA provided a service that accomplished 81%, today’s satisfaction is 86%, which demonstrates that the continued improvement present in the various services provided by SATA. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt


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Select Resorts New Algarve Travel Guide iPhone Application Get Algarve travel information on-the-go with the new Algarve Golden Triangle Guide application for the iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad. The app is newly available to download from the Apple App Store for free! The Algarve Golden Triangle iphone travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions this exclusive region has to offer, being the perfect gateway for all things Algarve. Whether you are looking for the liveliest nightlife in the Algarve, to experience authentic Portuguese cuisine or to enjoy a round of golf on one of the Algarve’s Championship golf courses, this electronic travel guide is packed full with useful information, to help you make the most of your holiday. This up-to-date, authoritative and user-friendly guide to the charming region is accessible from the palm of your hand and provides insider knowledge and inspiration every visitor needs to know to make a good holiday great. You will find accurate information on the Golden Triangles wealth of attractions from the main resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo to exhilarating adventure tours, boat trips and cultural experiences. The guide also features up-to-date listings of the most exclusive places to stay, eat, drink, club and shop to suit all budgets. The application has four main functions: Plan your meals, Embark on Adventure and Activities, Direct Dial, Find Accommodation. The Algarve Golden Triangle application also includes: Search feature, Bookmarking for listings, Maps* & photos, Website links*. *Internet connection is not required unless you want to use Google Maps feature or visit a listed website. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/algarve-golden-triangle/id366789411?mt=8 For further information call Select Resorts on 01202786490 or visit www.selectresorts.co.uk

-----------------Select Resorts Icelandic Volcanic Disruption Not Deterring Holiday Golfers from the Premier Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort While experts suggest Travel Agencies should brace itself for customers being reluctant to book due to a summer of sudden flight disruptions, holiday accommodation specialists Select Resorts are actually pleased with the development of their summer bookings, particularly highlighting the popularity of the Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort in the exclusive Algarve. Located in the Ria Formosa National Park, Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort is one of the most esteemed and successful private golf and leisure resorts in Europe. Since the courses inauguration in the summer of 1992, Pinheiros Altos Golf Club has gained a reputation as a favourite preseason practice ground for several of today’s top professional golfers, before they embark on the PGA Tour. Holiday golfers are not only drawn to the large practice ground which includes three putting greens, areas for bunker, chip shots and several greens, but to the extensive range of events from the Summer Medal in July through to Wooden Spoon Mens v Ladies charity event in October. The fantastic array of tournaments is perfect for those on their Pinheiros Altos holiday who are looking to participate in a tournament with a casual feel; those wanting to play in serious tournaments, and even for guests who just enjoying watching. Pinheiros Altos Villa accommodation specialists, Select Resorts, boast an exclusive collection of vacation homes in prime areas of the resort ensuring there is always something for every member of the family in proximity. Select Resorts Marketing Manager Michael Reilly said “Our luxury Pinheiros Altos villas and apartments are a great place to get away and relax, free from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life. Pinheiros Altos is special as it is close to the action but still far enough away to be a haven of relaxation”. For further information call Select Resorts on 01202786490 or visit www.selectresorts.co.uk

-----------------Select Resorts Special discount offers Join Select Resorts on Facebook to get special discount offers and vouchers codes exclusive to Facebook users! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Poole-United-Kingdom/Select-Resorts/54972469910?v=wall& ref=search For further information call Select Resorts on 01202786490 or visit www.selectresorts.co.uk


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TAP TAP S.A. profitable again, making €57 million TAP, SGPS reduces its loss from €285 million to €3.5 million. TAP, S.A. achieved a profit of EUR 57 million, recovering from its EUR 209 million loss in 2008 and even surpassing its EUR 54 million profit of 2007. This is a remarkable result which returns TAP to the balanced growth it has seen in recent years, with the exception of 2008. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP TAP is the best airline in the world In an awards ceremony held in Madrid on the evening of 26 April, 2010 TAP was announced as the best airline in the world by the prestigious international travel magazine “Condé Nast Traveller”. “The quality of TAP over the last few years, both on a national and international level, has been rewarded but this particular award is very special and fills us with pride because the high standards and quality of selection of Condé Nast are well-known” said Fernando Pinto, CEO of the airline upon discovering TAP had won the award. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP TAP is Portuguese Brand with best environmental practises Reader’s Digest readers have singled out TAP for awards for the second year running. The airline once again won the “Most Trusted Brand” award in the transport category, with 88% of the Reader’s Digest vote, as well as being elected “Most Trusted Brand” in the environment category for 2010. This award recognises the environmental commitments made by TAP Portugal and the work it has been doing in this area. Remember that TAP was the first airline in the world to launch a CO2 Emissions Offset Programme, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This programme gives airline passengers the opportunity to voluntarily offset the CO2 produced from their flights and contribute to projects that reduce emissions in developing countries supported by TAP. The initiative shown by TAP in launching this programme was recognised at a world level and singled out by UNESCO, which presented the company with a “Planet Earth Award 2010” in December 2009. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP TAP among best for punctuality TAP was nominated in the category “Medium Haul Punctuality” at the Aviation Awards 2009, presented by Brussels Airport. The nomination for this award, which was won by Finnair, serves as an important recognition of the improvements TAP has made in the area of punctuality. The airline is now above the European average and one of the best in Europe with regard to this important indicator. This recognition from Brussels Airport is all the more significant for the fact that TAP was on a shortlist of only five airlines (Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, SAS, TAP Portugal), highlighting the effort and efficiency shown during 2009 in such a sensitive area as is punctuality. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP TAP voted third best airline in Southern Europe TAP has been voted third best airline in Southern Europe by SkyTrax Awards. Considered the aviation industry’s “Oscars”, these awards are based on the choices made by more than 17.9 million passengers in 100 countries during an evaluation process that took place between July 2009 and May 2010. The top spot for best airline in Southern Europe went to Turkish Airlines, followed by Aegean Airlines in second place. Third place went to TAP, which came out ahead of airlines from other countries in the region, including Spain, Italy, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Cyprus, Malta, Romania and Slovenia. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com


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Atlantic Holidays Free Half Board Offer extended to Porto Santo Atlantic Holidays has extended its free half board offer to include the 5* Pestana Porto Santo Hotel on Madeira’s neighbouring island of Porto Santo. Dino Toouli Sales & Marketing Manager said “It’s great news for the consumer who will save over £200pp on the HB supplement and is in direct response to consumers looking for added value. The free half board at the 5* Pestana Casino Park & Carlton Madeira hotels has seen a dramatic surge in bookings and we anticipate it will have the same affect on Porto Santo” The offer applies to all departures in 2010 on Atlantic Holidays exclusive Gatwick service to Porto Santo. For further information call Atlantic Holidays on 01452381888 or visit www.atlanticholidays.net

-----------------Classic Collection Holidays Free Night Offers Award-winning specialist tour operator Classic Collection Holidays has the following special offer avaialbe at 5* The Vine, A Divine Hotel, Funchal. Receive 2 free nights with a minimum stay of 7 nights plus 1 dinner in the gourmet restaurant UVA for stays completed between 01 Apr 10 to 31 Oct 10, saving from £364 per couple per week (not to be combined with other offers). Valid from 01/04/2010 to 31/10/2010. Close to the Cathedral and the historic area of Funchal with restaurants and shopping within walking distance, this ultra modern hotel exudes understated sophistication. Interiors are luxurious, chic and spacious, and stylish guest bedrooms boast lush fabrics and feature state of the art amenities. All day dining is available in the lobby lounge, and inventive fusion cuisine by Antoine Westermann can be savoured at The Uva restaurant. This 3-star Michelin chef provides a masterly blend of expertise in French cuisine and the best of authentic produce to provide a superior culinary experience, matched only in part by the restaurant’s fantastic panoramic views. A rooftop swimming pool area provides a delightfully relaxing sunspot to enjoy the breathtaking vistas and the 360 Bar provides the perfect venue for drinks and aperitifs. For total relaxation and indulgence, the luxury vinetherapy spa offers a range of signature treatments. A member of Design Hotels. For further information call Classic Collection Holidays on 01903 823088 or visit www.classic-collection.co.uk


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Classic Collection Holidays Early Booking Offer Award-winning specialist tour operator Classic Collection Holidays has the following special offer avaialbe at 5* Sheraton Algarve, Praia Da Falesia. Book 45 days or more prior to arrival for stays between 1 May 10 - 31 Oct 10 and save between £5-£17 per adult per night. Valid from 01/12/2009 to 16/09/2010. Sheraton Algarve Hotel stands proudly on a spectacular cliff-top surrounded by pine trees and overlooking miles of pristine beaches which edge the clear, blue Atlantic Ocean. The elegant and airy interiors of the guest bedrooms feature crisp white linens, dark wood furniture, and ambertiled floors. You can make the most of the hotels surroundings at the neighbouring nine-hole Pine Cliffs Golf Course and tennis academy. Or why not be revitalised in one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools, saunas, or steam rooms. Alternatively pamper yourself at the resorts beauty parlor. The resorts Porto Pirata childrens club offers 7,000 square meters of fun for the younger family members. For further information call Classic Collection Holidays on 01903 823088 or visit www.classic-collection.co.uk

-----------------Destination Portugal M’ar De Ar Muralhas Hotel Special Offer This lovely hotel is located in the heart of the historical city of Évora, a World Heritage site with narrow streets that is steeped in the traditions of the Visigoths, Romans and Moors that have lived here in centuries gone by. The Temple of Diana and the Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque architecture are just some of the cultural delights the city has to offer. Special Offers: 7 nights for the price of 5 valid 10Nov-28Dec and 03Jan-31Oct 4 nights for the price of 3 valid 01Nov-28Dec and 01Jan-31Mar Check rates at www.destination-portugal.co.uk/dp/resort.jsp?id=69 Rates are per room per week on B&B basis Half Board £184pppwk Child discount: 0-12yrs Free in extra bed when sharing with 2 adults and 50% reduction on meal plans; 13-16 yrs 50% reduction on extra bed cost Suites: Capacity for 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children 0-12yrs For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk


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Destination Portugal São Joaninas (St John) Special 14 night holiday spending 13 nights on Terçeira with the first night on São Miguel Island Departing 12th June 2010. Holiday price per person £1,251. A packaged holiday which includes return International flights from Gatwick or Manchester on Saturdays to Ponta Delgada on the Island of São Miguel, private taxi transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport to the Hotel Avenida (4*) for the first night, inter-Island flight to Terçeira to spend 13 nights at Hotel Terçeira Mar (4*), incorporating the festival of São Joaninos on 19th June, all 14 nights in a standard twin or double room on a B&B basis. Return flight from Terçeira to São Miguel and connect to flight to UK. Note flight is direct from Gatwick but returns via Manchester. Destination Portugal are also offering a variety of 12 pre-arranged itineraries to the Azores, but can also tailor-make holidays to suit the client’s wishes. Bookings are taken both direct and through Travel Agents. Flights are weekly to Ponta Delgada direct or daily via Lisbon to other islands. For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk

-----------------Keytel International Pousada Summer Offer If you are looking for a relaxing break in one of the Pousadas why not choose one of the special Summer Offers to help you enjoy Portugal for less this year. The offers are for stays of 3 or 5 nights or more, with different prices for summer and peak summer dates. They also include added extras to make your stay more special. These extras include free child places, free welcome drinks and dinner, as listed below. There is also the option to upgrade to half board. The summer offer also gives you the option of choosing 1 of 2 packages of extras: either a FAMILY PACKAGE or a SUMMER ROMANCE PACKAGE. Check rates, participating Pousadas and full Terms & Conditions and Booking Procedure at www.keytel.co.uk/index.php?module=custom_offer-view&id=94 For further information call Keytel International on 02079 533020 or visit www.keytel.co.uk


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Keytel International 5 night Pousada Passport The Pousada’s of Portugal are currently offering a 5-night passport, which is the perfect way to discover ‘Real Portugal’. Everyday we are booking more and more people on this offer due to the flexibility and fantastic value of this package. With prices at just £85 per night bed and breakfast (just £72 for over 55’s), it offers great value in exceptional properties. We’re delighted to see more and more British travellers heading away from the Algarve, Porto and Lisbon and discovering the more unknown areas of Portugal. Portugal with its rich historical background is densely populated with castles, monasteries and convents all of which make the Pousadas so popular. Portugal has so much to offer and this Pousada’s passport offers a great value, flexible way to stay in these remarkable properties. The ‘POUSADAS PASSPORT’ and ‘GOLDEN AGE PASSPORT’ offers are a fixed price “Go As You Please” arrangement covering the vast majority of the Pousadas, with the option of including a group ‘C’ AVIS car hire. Check rates, participating Pousadas and full Terms & Conditions and Booking Procedure at www.keytel.co.uk/index.php?module=custom_offer-view&id=77 For further information call Keytel International on 02079 533020 or visit www.keytel.co.uk

-----------------Leisure Link Golf Holidays Marriott Praia d’El Rey, Óbidos Four nights’ B&B sharing a deluxe room, three rounds of golf at Praia d’El Rey and Golden Eagle and a hire car. The Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort is a beautiful 5-star luxury resort hotel located just North of Lisbon on the Western shoreline of Portugal. The hotel consists of 179 deluxe rooms (including 9 luxurious suites as well as PlayStation 2 systems) with breathtaking views of the ocean and the golf course. The 18-hole championship golf course will challenge and entertain any level of golfer. It is ranked #13 of the top 100 courses in Continental Europe by Golf World Magazine. Resort guests will have two restaurants to choose from with cuisine to suit all tastes. The beautiful setting offers a perfect opportunity for luxurious events such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, or corporate events. The sophisticated meeting space is ideal for conferences, business meetings, or elaborate parties. Price fr £299 per person. Offer ends 25th February 2011 For further information call Leisure Link Golf Holidays on 01708 339300 or visit www.leisurelinkgolf.com


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Ramblers Worldwide Holidays A walk around four beautiful Islands in the Azores Britain’s leading guided walking tours operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has just added an exciting new tour to its extensive portfolio – a ‘quartet’ of beautiful islands in The Azores. Consisting of nine islands with differing landscapes, these are situated in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 800 miles off the coast of Portugal. The Azores, which have succeeded in avoiding the clamour of mass tourism, offer a choice of many multifaceted walks, embracing villages, churches and attractive land and seascapes. The ‘jumping off point’ is Ponta Delgada on São Miguel – the largest of the islands which is 40 by 10 miles in size and consists largely of a volcanic spine rising to 1080m. From São Miguel one flies west to São Jorge in the north – an island with tree covered cliffs and famed for its cheese and wines. Next, one takes a ferry to the island of Pico which is dominated by a volcanic landscape the highest being 2351m and then by boat across to the island of Faial for a days walking tour. Finally, one flies back to São Miguel from Pico to savour the many delights of Ponta Delgada before heading home. Price £1,659 per person includes return flights, transfers, half-board accommodation and the services of a dedicated tour leader. Departs 19 June 2010 For further information call Ramblers Worldwide Holidays on 01707 386755 or visit www.ramblersholidays.co.uk

-----------------Sunvil Discovery Madeira Summer Packages - Quinta do Estreiro, 5* Hotel, Ribeira Braca Located on the southern, wine producing slopes of Madeira, a few kilometres from Funchal and just below the village of Estreito de Camara de Lobos is the elegant Quinta do Estreito. Originally built in 1914, this Quinta was once home to the chief wine producing family of the area. Today, the Quinta has been carefully restored and modernised, but always with the greatest care to preserve the elegance of a bygone era. Short break package from £463pp includes: Return private transfers; Madeira wine and honey cake in the room on arrival; One evening meal at Bacchus restaurant per person (excluding drinks); Free transfer to Funchal centre three times a day. For further information call Sunvil Discovery on 02087584722 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk


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Select Resorts Fantastic Villa with 25% OFF All Dates This lovely villa is very comfortably furnished and is located within easy walking distance of the Jim Stewart Tennis Academy and the Quinta do Lago Golf Courses. QUINTA DO LAGO is an exclusive residential and recreational estate set in 800 hectares of pine forest and lake at the southern tip of Portugal. The resort enjoys a superb location, bordered on its south eastern boundaries by the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This lovely villa is very comfortably furnished and is located within easy walking distance of the Jim Stewart Tennis Academy and the Quinta do Lago Golf Courses. There is an annexe containing the fourth bedroom so the villa can be rented at a 3 or 4 bedroom rate. Specifications: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; Split level lounge/dining area with cable television, DVD player, video player and music system, patio doors to terrace; Recently renovated, fully fitted kitchen with all modern appliances; Separate laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer; Air conditioning throughout; Large private pool, can be heated at an additional cost; BBQ and ample outdoor furniture Bedrooms: Master bedroom, double bed, en-suite bathroom; 2nd bedroom, twin beds; 3rd bedroom, twin beds, beds 2 and 3 share a bathroom; 4th bedroom, twin beds, with bathroom. This room is located in the annexe area and has cable television available For further information call Select Resorts on 01202786490 or visit www.selectresorts.co.uk

-----------------Villas To Go 25% Off All Dates in June Book any of our specially selected villas this June and receive 25% Off the Standard Retail Price. Terms & Conditions: Arrival and departure dates must be within the month of June 2010 inclusive. Booking duration must be for 5 Days or longer. Offer subject to availability and may change or be withdrawn without notice. Check our most popular properties in this offer at www.villastogo.com/offers/93?acc=NW1 For further information call Villas To Go on 0845 2417733 or visit www.villastogo.com


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Villas Worldwide Fab new villa in the Algarve with heated indoor and outdoor pools (SPA689 - CANOYA) Superb holiday villa which has been recently renovated and combines modern and traditional to great effect. Set in vast grounds with an indoor heatable pool and an outdoor pool. Located 10km from the beach. Supermarket and restaurants 400 metres. The port Olhao 8km. Faro airport 8km. The accommodation comprises a light and airy living and dining room with fireplace and comfortable furnishings, opening onto the indoor pool area which in turn opens onto the terrace overlooking the garden. Fully equipped kitchen. Double bedroom (1 x 160cm wide bed) with en suite shower room and two twin bedrooms (2 x 90cm wide beds in each), both with en suite shower rooms. There is a huge garden with large lawns and an outdoor pool with terrace complemented by a barbecue and comprehensive garden furniture. The indoor pool is heated to 26 degrees, you can pay an additional 75â‚Ź per week locally if you want it hotter. For further information call Villas Worldwide on 01756 751 777 or visit www.world-villa.co.uk/portugal-villas


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“Gafanha da Nazare‘s new Cultural Center” http://bit.ly/c7Rby2

“Douro could sell 450,000 bednight” http://bit.ly/9rt5vk


Association of Travel Organizers to Portugal

The Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha awarded European Prize

“Portuguese Resort Promises 4 New Courses”

Museu do Pão in Serra da Estrela: In the Bread Museum of Seia, kids are able not only to watch the bread cycle...

A trio of new museums in Lisbon celebrates the Portuguese capital’s colonial, modern and contemporary art and...

Festa da Flor / Flower Festival - 2010 [Flickr] http:// goo.gl/fb/GHvOa

“Whale of a Time” best-selling author Joanne Harris visit the Azores http://bit.ly/ab297D “World’s Sexiest Affordable Destinations” http://bit.ly/bHe3Ei

Islamic Lisboa Unearthed

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The Algarve will invest 2.6 million euros in nine new aquiculture installations http://bit.ly/988wnZ

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PEIXE EM LISBOA (Fish in Lisbon) will return in 2011 http://bit.ly/aIfyya Tomar’s Convento de Cristo to have a restaurant http://bit.ly/cabcmU

Banyan Tree invests in Alentejo: The Sousa Cunhal Group... http://bit.ly/b1Ez88 “Portuguese wines to discover” http://bit.ly/9JhT29

“Go Now: Porto, Portugal”

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Julia Child Award to ‘The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast’

“(Porto) Despite its illustrious history as the birthplace of port wine, Porto is inexpensive and unspoiled”

Corvo Island (Azores) - LIFE “Safe Islands for Seabirds” is a pioneer project for the conservation of seabird...

“Best Island Spas” feat. Porto Santo: Hotel Porto Santo & Spa http://bit.ly/aKxCCb

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“MAYNARD’S PORT: A New Project from the historic Douro Valley, Heritage site and home to the oldest wine... http://bit.ly/d3kDKE

Madeira - Madeira Wine Festival (2-5 Sept)... http://bit.ly/aX8FtZ

Madeira - Madeira Wine Rally (5-7 August)... http:// bit.ly/dg9tFU

Madeira - 23rd Tour of Madeira in Classic Cars Classic Rally (23-25 June) ... http://bit.ly/b4778Q

Madeira - Atlantic Festival (5-26 June)... http://bit.ly/btX0wQ

“Madeira aiming to boost tourism numbers”

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72000 visitors have passed through the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Lisbon) doors to see “Encompassing the Globe:... http://bit.ly/axXjKC

Sailing Cod Ship Returns to Aveiro http://bit.ly/8YiTcy

Ryanair’s Faro base opens with 1.3m pax pa http://bit.ly/aJbY60

10 Lisbon Monuments to Be Photographed in Front Of... http://bit.ly/cKocHP Why Portugal wine more popular in America?... http://bit.ly/cADwdO

Lisbon to Open a Museum Of the Discoveries http://bit.ly/9TtzKS

log onto http://www.viniportugal.co.uk/blog/ to read about Sarah Ahmed’s wine selection at The Annual Tasting of Portuguese wine

“Best Pure Islands Top 10 Ranking” feat. Madeira http://bit.ly/bdav3U

Douro has a new winery

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The Oitavos – bold New Hotel in Cascais opens in September http://bit.ly/c9ifuD ATOP Members 2010 Online Brochures http://bit.ly/aIulS6

Special Report: Noel Josephides (Sunvil Holidays) update on Madeira http://bit.ly/aQN6kS Enthusiastic about Portuguese wine? Watch: Expanding Palates with Portuguese Wines http://bit.ly/92DLqh

Enthusiastic about Portuguese wine? Watch: Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Tasting http://bit.ly/a75k0t

Enthusiastic about Portuguese wine? Watch: Alentejo, a Wine Region in Portugal http://bit.ly/c1scNI

The 2011 Best Of Wine Tourism contest http://bit.ly/briZn5

Madeira Flower festival marks recovery http://bit.ly/cj2K92

22 May to 22 Oct - FIESA 2010 - 8th International Sand Sculpture Festiva, Pêra (Algarve) http://bit.ly/cwERoN

Portugal tops UK property search http://bit.ly/bZTpjf

Alentejo ‘Sudoeste’ plan includes more surf and caravan support http://bit.ly/aOWM40 Golfing Holidays in Portugal – A Guide to the Regions and the Must-Play Courses to Visit http://tinyurl.com/y8xzjbm

“Travel Therapy in Portugal!”

Ghost town to hotspot: One man’s vision has restored an abandoned... http://bit.ly/aSleq6

ABC News - Exploring Portugal: Author of “Travel Therapy” Karen Schaler on this unique European destination http://bit.ly/djPOvh

Madeira certifies molasses - “Now the regional government has created certification stamp for real Madeira... http://bit.ly/9zeGWC

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Association of Travel Organizers to Portugal

Coimbra (Centro) has a new 3-star hotel, the Vila Galé Coimbra http://bit.ly/atHGoT

Montes Claros Reserva is The Official Wine of Estoril Open 2010

‘Serros da Mina 2006 Tinto’ awarded Gold Medal at the “Wine Masters Challenge 2010” XII World Wine Contest http://bit.ly/bqM19K

“Maderini” - The new Madeira cocktail

Portuguese Beer Super Bock receives Grand Gold Quality Award by Monde Selection de la Qualit http://bit.ly/9gsGyg

“Discovering Portugal’s Alentejo”... http://bit.ly/cyZIh7

“3rd International Winetourism Conference at Oporto in 2011” http://bit.ly/dw2Qbk

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New Hotels blooming in 2010 in the Alentejo

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Madeira Menu: new online research too... http://bit.ly/daE5ui

Faro will host 2010 Portugal Day (June 10th) http://bit.ly/cHfEFt

“Portugal to open 29 new Hotels in 2010”...

Check this video out -- Portugal Tourism Promotion Video - English

Travel Therapy in Portugal!

Click, pack and go: The Independent pick of the week’s travel deals feat. Alentejo

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Dow’s Vintage rated top notch by leading US wine magazine http://tinyurl.com/yaktq6j Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, Azores: Volcanic Islands of the Atlantic (GoNomad.com) http://tinyurl.com/ydy4t9m

Lightly-touched Azores offer refuge for the weary (metronews.ca) http://tinyurl.com/y9ehgrr Lisbon to open a “Museum of the Discoveries” http://bit.ly/ajraOH

Four Douro wine producers join forces...

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“Beja Airport to start flights in “March 2011””... www.theportugalnews.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=1055-19

YouGo Tourism Guides for mobile phones http://bit.ly/bCszk0

Louis Vuitton City Guide 2010 recommends Lisbon... http://bit.ly/cEM4he Lisbon contending for World Travel Awards... http://bit.ly/cbYW86

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“The Madeira Thrill Ride”...

“Top 10 European river cruises” feat. Douro

“Madeira aiming to boost tourism numbers”

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“James Morrison claims victory in Madeira Islands Open” http://bit.ly/c1dEQd The Independent - “The Big Six: Beach retreats in Portugal”... http://bit.ly/9mjYv2 “Book celebrates ham around the world”... Presunto: The best specimens of this Portuguese ham are labelled with... http://bit.ly/bYF937 “Braga joins the roman cities of the Atlanti”... http://bit.ly/ayl3lG

Albufeira (Algarve) voted as one of the Top 10 Best Cities in the world for nightlife, by GotSaga social network members Explore Portugal... donwload Brochures and Maps http://bit.ly/dvns4a

Loulé renovates city centre

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‘Termas do Estoril’ (Lisbon) well known spa since the 18th century re-open after 48 years as the new “Elements Spa” http://bit.ly/cCp9BP “Madeira betting on flower power”... http://bit.ly/cZcZVg

“Business in Lisbon: opportunities for British companies in Portugal”... http://bit.ly/cVxhFV Portugal Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai http://bit.ly/9obd6m

Porsche investment in Portimão (Algarve) http://bit.ly/cWgg45

“OPAQ” – Lisbon’s Hot New Restaurant... the president of the Elite model agency owns Lisbon’s latest hip restaurant... http://bit.ly/cHpWhv

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