Portugal is among the five destinations where sales of airline tickets originating in France increased the most between September last year and August 2018, according to data from the Travelport sales platform.
In a statement, the company, which operates in the travel trade segment, said that “Tunisia, Spain, Morocco and Greece are the remaining countries that make up the top 5” of the French market.
“Travelport data show that the largest increase, with more than 104,146 tickets sold (+ 31%) was recorded on flights to Tunisia. Following this is Spain with the second biggest increase in sales, with a further 41,822 (+ 9%), ahead of Morocco with 41,381 (+ 10%). Fourth, there is Greece with 23,146 (+ 16%), and fifth, Portugal, with 22,181 (+ 6%) “, revealed the same statement.
This data only considers tickets booked through global distribution systems, not including direct sales by airlines, ‘charters’ or destinations of stopover programs.
According to the same statement, the director of Travelport Portugal, Spain and Portuguese-speaking African countries, António Loureiro, explained that “an increasing number of French companies in the domestic market, the increase in the number of French residents in Portugal, due to tax advantages; and the increase of the traffic of the French operators are three axes that contribute to this growth of Portugal as a destination “.
French travellers have grown in importance in Portugal, although these tourists continue to prefer French-speaking markets, such as Tunisia, which is recovering, and Morocco.