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Source: Algarve Daily News

Portugal wants 'quality not quantity' from Spanish tourism

Portugal’s Economy Minister said, from the tourism fair in Madrid, that Portugal plans an increased promotional spend to attract Spanish tourists, an increase of 30% on the 2017 figure. This market is, "very good growth and very interesting, said Cabral at Fitur, "In Spain, in particular, external promotion is growing by 30%. It was a market where were already concentrating in 2017, but in 2018 we are pushing harder because it is a market that is growing very well and is very interesting because it is growing more in value, even more so than the number of tourists."

Algarve golf tees off 2018 with two international awards

The Algarve golf industry has started 2018 by winning two new international accolades from the magazine, ‘Today's Golfer.’ As part of the 2018 Annual Travel Awards, the Algarve won ‘Best Golf Destination in Continental Europe’ for the second year running and ‘Best Value Golf Destination in Continental Europe’ for the fifth time since 2012.

Algarve Tourism Association reviews 2017's record performance

The Algarve Tourism Association rightly claims that 2017 was a record year and that the targets it had set for inbound tourism were achieved. "According to the data to which we have had access, we can say that last year several records were beaten such as the number of guests, occupancy rates and revenues," said Dora Coelho, executive director of the ATA.

Algarve traders say it's "no surprise" that Zara is closing down in Faro

The Algarve regional trade association, ACRAL, is requesting a meeting with the management of the Spanish group Inditex to request explanations about the closure of the Zara and Pull & Bear stores in Faro’s premier shopping street, "These are two anchor stores, essential to the dynamism of local commerce in the downtown area," the association's president Álvaro Viegas said, lamenting the closures which he says are linked to the opening of Mar Shopping near Loulé.

Post Office may lose concession for Portugal's post

To compound the current woes of Portugal’s post office business, whose share price has sunk to an all time low, the number of complaints received by the regulator Anacom has almost doubled since 2015. The delay in the delivery of mail, particularly outside large urban centers, and the waiting time to get served in a post office are two recurrent complaints.

Algarve's hotel association says AL short-term lettings laws are too strict

The Algarve’s association for hotels and tourist businesses says that may of the proposed changes to the local lettings laws that MPs are pondering, will just make things worse and "speed the rise of illicit lettings, tax evasion and other illegalities, and thus is unfair competition." For the association, illegal short-term lettings by those property owners who are not registered on the Alojamento Local regime, cause it concern, as lettings are unidentified and “lack control and oversight.”

Portuguese feel 'safer and happier' than they did five years ago

A survey prepared by the Portuguese Victim Support Association, concludes that people in Portugal do not walk around worried that they are going to be attacked, robbed or abused and are much happier as a result, certainly happier than five years ago when gloom and despondency shrouded the country. This is how Portuguese responded when asked about their feelings about becoming a victim of crime.

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