JEDDAH: By 2027, Portugal plans to generate 27 billion euros ($28.7 billion) in tourism revenues, as locations ease restrictions and tourism regularly recovers, secretary of state for tourism, commerce and companies stated.
Through the 116th Govt Council of the United Nations World Tourism Group, Rita Marques informed Arab Information that the nation expects to succeed in that quantity by 2027 after reaching 18 billion euros in 2019.
Tourism accounts for round 9 % of the nation’s gross home product and 10 % of its workforce, she stated.
“It’s a really related financial sector for us, not solely due to these numbers, however as a result of it contributes immensely to the cohesion of the nation,” she added.
In accordance with her, the nation has an up-to-date and absolutely purposeful tourism technique which was designed in 2017. With that technique, Portugal expects to extend their tourism revenues, she added.
Overseas direct funding is a key element of Portugal’s economic system, not solely in tourism, Marques stated.
“We’re getting an increasing number of fashionable, not solely from vacationers but additionally for industrial funding vegetation,” she added
Earlier than the pandemic, round 400,000 individuals have been working within the tourism sector in Portugal. After the pandemic, nonetheless, 15 % of the workforce have been let go, Marques added.
She stated that Portugal is presently attempting to combine migrants and immigrants on the lookout for an alternate place to dwell in Europe.
When talking concerning the potential of Saudi tourism, Portugal’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nuno Mathias, informed Arab Information that each nations share a way of range.
He famous that the gastronomy and structure of each nations are nonetheless legitimate when it comes to roots and heritage.
“These are property that each nations can relate to,” he stated.
The ambassador stated that Saudi Arabia continues to be a really uncooked nation when it comes to tourism, which attracts Portuguese vacationers on the lookout for discovery and rawness. “It’s a part of our DNA as former explorers and discoverers,” he added.
Marques stated that Portugal can also be engaged on direct air connectivity between the 2 nations to extend Saudi arrivals.