Michael Cooper

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Spanish Marine Association successfully encourages boating on Spanish shores

The Spanish marine industry association, ANEN, launched a successful campaign to encourage people to get in the water earlier this year. Called “Embárcate” – or “Go boating!” – the campaign was launched in officially in March 2016, in conjunction with the Nautical Congress that was hosted in Barcelona, and aims to encourage more people aged 25-45 to get into boating.

Lisbon to Porto: TAP Introduces a Route to Compete with the Train

It’s long been a dilemma whether it’s easier to fly between Faro and Lisbon or Porto, or take the train. Now the same dilemma exists between Lisbon and Porto, due to a new service from TAP, Portugal’s national airline. Travellers from Lisbon to Porto (and vice versa) have extra travel options since TAP, the national airline of Portugal, launched hourly flights between the two cities during peak periods.

Detailed Plans Emerge for the Algarve’s Newest Shopping Mall

The past week has delivered a flood of information about the next shopping centre to open in the Algarve – now officially named as Mar Shopping Algarve. Mar Shopping Algarve is to be the name of the huge new shopping centre in Loulé, launching next year. The new mall will be the home to the region’s long-awaited IKEA store, and will apparently be several times larger than the (already huge) Algarve Forum mall in Faro.

Tourism in Portugal: 2015 roundup

2015 was a good year for Portugal’s tourism industry and property markets According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism accounts for around 15% of Portugal’s total GDP – and this figure is expected to rise by 2% per year. As such, Portugal’s tourism figures are a very important indicator of how well the country is doing.