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13 September 2021
Tourism of Porto and Northern Portugal (TPNP) believes that in 2023 the region will once again have 11 million overnight stays
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The president of Tourism of Porto and Northern Portugal (TPNP) and the Porto Tourism Association (ATP) reaffirmed this Monday that he continues to believe that the region will recover the 11 million overnight stays registered before the pandemic, by 2023.

"After the end of this year, at a time when we will nearly have the entire population vaccinated, that is, with group immunity close to guaranteed, there is no reason not to start believing that we are going to start a return to normality. As in 2019, the autumn and winter months were quite strong, I think that from now on we will be able to work to fulfill what is the great goal, which is to reach 2023 with 2019 numbers", said today to Lusa agency, the president of TPNP and ATP, Luís Pedro Martins.

In 2019, tourism in the Northern region registered six million guests and 11 million overnight stays.

According to Luís Pedro Martins, tourism in the summer of 2021 returned to the big cities – unlike the summer of 2020 when people preferred less populated and inland places – and, therefore, he believes that tourists will be welcomed in "close to full normality” in the coming months.

"Before the pandemic, Porto and Northern Portugal were quite strong in the months of September, October, and then the height of December, namely with the Spanish market. This year, we believe, that we will be able to receive them in almost full normality,” he said.

On February 4th, during an interview with Lusa agency, regarding his first two years in office at TPNP, Luís Pedro Martins stated that the "great ambition" for the next two and a half years would be to recover what the region had grown in five years, between 2014 and 2019.

"To have, in 2023, six million tourists, 11 million overnight stays and make our airport [Sá Carneiro] register the same values, which were 13 million passenger movements. This is our ambition. To achieve it in two years and a half, to recover everything that was lost in 2020", he declared, considering that there will also be an increase in funds through the "bazooka" (funds from the European Union), "to support companies in the upcoming fight in terms of international promotion".

The new Route of Wines and Wine Tourism in Porto and Northern Portugal, which brings together five entities – TPNP, Institute of Douro and Porto Wines, Vinhos Verdes Region Viticulture Commission, Távora-Varosa Regional Wine Commission, and Regional Wine Commission of Trás-os-Montes — is one of the region's key strategic products and is currently in the process of collecting "candidates and audits". The first group of subscribers will be ready next November revealed Luís Pedro Martins.

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