Tourism

Porto is a place of excellence and authenticity that attracts lots of turists every year, being currently known for offering distintictive business tourism solutions.

Elected best European Destination 2017 and best emergent destination in 2015, Porto is a unique city with cultural-historical authenticity, recognised as such both nationally and internationally, not only due to its historic centre classified as World Heritage Site but also to the various spaces of contemporary architecture, such as the Casa da Música or the Serralves Museum.

Porto is also internationally acknowledged as a major wine tourism destination. All combined, the culture of the wine, the Rabelo boat and the famous Port Wine Cellars shape Porto’s motto.


Qualified Accommodation and Animation Offer
Porto has been elected the "European Best Destination 2017" among 20 cities selected by a jury of the European Consumers' Association.
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  • The city of Porto also leads the ranking of the Best Emerging Destination in Europe and is ranked third worldwide, according to the Travelers' Choice Emerging Destinations Awards 2015, by TripAdvisor
  • The Northern Region attracted approximately 1.500 million Euros of global private investment in the field of tourism, between 2007 and 2015. 

  • Over the period between 2007 and 2013, the demand of the Northern Region registered a very positive evolution, with an average annual growth rate of 2.4% (1.6% in Portugal), converging with the trend of the international market, which registered a strong growth of 5.8%. Porto hosts tourists coming mainly from Spain, France, Brazil, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

  • In 2015, 7 million overnight stays were registered in the Northern Region, 65% of which alone in the Greater Porto area.

  • The total revenue was over 218 million Euros and the RevPAR (revenue per available room) of 29.7 Euros.
Sources: European Best Destination; TripAdvisor; Statistics Portugal.
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State-of-Art Infrastructure to Support Tourism
The city of Porto has two infrastructures of high quality and relevance to the city and to the region: Porto Airport and the Cruise Terminal of the Port of Leixões.
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Porto Airport, choosen as the "Best European Airport" in 2007 and 2016 (in the category of 5-15 million passengers per year), is increasingly becoming an important contributor to the attractiveness of the city and the region, with regular flights to 80 destinations and having received around 9.4 million passengers by 2016.

The Cruise Terminal of the Port of Leixões is also an important asset, being one of the most significant investments made in the region during the last years. The new Tourism Cruise Terminal of Leixões will host, from 2017, 100 thousand passengers.

Sources: Airports Council International; ANA Aeroportos de Portugal; APDL.
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Strong Emphasis in Qualifying and Training Human Resources
In the Northern Region the training programmes linked to the national tourism authority (Turismo de Portugal I.P.) in the fields of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism are evenly distributed, through schools located in Porto and nearby cities.
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In addition to the network of tourism schools linked to Turismo de Portugal, the region benefits from the presence and activity of other entities that endorse technical and vocational training in the tourism sector, such as professional training and higher education schools in the field of Tourism and Hospitality.
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Available Financing Instruments
Portugal2020 focuses on projects that excel in architectural quality, landscape framing and environmental integration in its operation processes.

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In short, projects that constitute an added value for the qualification of the tourist offer of the city.

There is a great deal of support available to initiatives for the re-qualification and / or enhancement of tourism resources (whether natural or historical-cultural), as well as interventions for framing tourism infrastructures and support systems for tourism development (accessibility, signaling, sanitation or green spaces), important interventions for a better leverage of private investment.

The grants to be awarded are in the form of a reimbursable incentive, with a maximum base rate of 35%, which may be increased by up to a 75% overall rate.

Depending on the surpassing degree of the targets established by the investor, an exemption of reimbursement of a portion of the refundable incentive up to the maximum of 50% can be granted, complying with some indicators: Gross Value Added; Creation of Qualified Employment; Or Turnover.

Projects in the Tourism sectors may include, as eligible expenses, the construction of buildings, remodeling works and other constructions, in duly justified cases within the scope of the project activity, provided that they are purchased from third parties not related to the acquirer, and limited to one the maximum of 60% of eligible expenditure.

Contact InvestPorto to get a simulation for your project.

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