Chinese tourists and Americans are the ones who spend the most in Portugal, said Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, who is participating in a worldwide event dedicated to the sector.
“We are talking about tourists [the Chinese] who spend a lot, along with the North American market,” said Ana Mendes Godinho, in the ambit of the Global Tourism Economy Forum that began today in Macao and ends on Wednesday.
In 2017, tourist revenues for the Chinese market increased 80% compared to the same period last year, reaching 130 million euros, she said.
“Wine tourism is something that the Chinese market responds very well,” said the Secretary of State, defending the bet on the diversification of tourism, products that promote tourism throughout the country and throughout the year.
“As Macau is a platform for entry into China, Portugal wants to be the platform of entry into Europe,” affirming itself as a country to “visit, invest and study,” he concluded.
The declarations of the Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal were made at the Global Tourism Economy Forum which will discuss “the impact of China-EU strategic tourism cooperation,” according to the organization.
The seventh edition of the event has more than 1,000 participants and brings together authorities and leaders of private companies from various countries around the world.