It may have been cold and close to Christmas but last November almost eight percent more guests visited Portugal than in November 2011. Lisbon led the way in terms of increases in overnight stays, according to recent figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE).
Last November almost two million overnight stays were registered by Portugal’s tourist accommodation sector, 7.7 percent more than in November 2011.
Pre-Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Carnival this year will consist of 492 block parties, attended by an estimated five million Carnival enthusiasts. The Carnival of Brazil is an annual festival held forty days before the beginning of Easter, in the days immediately before Lent.
On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival,” from carnelevare, “to remove meat.”
Carnival has roots in the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which, adapted to Catholicism became a farewell to things in a season of religious discipline to practice repentance and prepare for Christ’s death and resurrection.
The Algarve is Portugal’s most popular tourist destination, and one of the busiest in all of Europe. Each year some 10 million visitors pass through the region – with 7million of these coming from outside Portugal, particularly from the UK but also other Northern Europe nations.
The region makes up the far southernmost tip of Portugal and as such was a centre of trade during the Moorish occupation of the country and neighbouring Spain. The name itself derives from the Arabic word for ‘the West’ (al-Ghrab) and the region has a rich culture and history.
“We are now mid-way through the coalition’s term of office and its economic strategy has been a complete disaster. We remain as dependent on the City as we did before the financial crash. The chancellor now has all the evidence he needs to change course and focus on investment and growth. If he refuses to listen he could do even more permanent damage to the economy.”
Frances O’Grady, general secretary
RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio de Janeiro is mixing technology with tradition to provide tourists information about the city by embedding bar codes into the black and white mosaic sidewalks that are a symbol of the city.
The first two-dimensional bar codes, or QR codes, as they’re known, were installed Friday at Arpoador, a massive boulder that rises at the end of Ipanema beach. The image was built into the sidewalk with the same black and white stones that decorate sidewalks around town with mosaics of waves, fish and abstract images.
“We think this would be a good time to take stock,” said Olivier Blanchard, speaking to Radio 4′s Today programme.
He also said the global economy was “not out of the woods yet”.
Markets have this week reacted favourably to Portugal’s “syndicated tap” – which in essence translated into an increase of €2 billion in its €6 billion bond which matures in October 2017.
UK tourism weathering recession but numbers dip
UK tourism has weathered the double dip recession but 18% fewer people are holidaying abroad than before the downturn, a new study shows.
The number of trips taken by Britons overseas has declined by 12.6 million, from 69.4 million to 56.8 million between 2007 and 2011, according to the research by Travelodge.
This means that 5.9 million holidays and trips have come out of the market all together when the number of domestic holidays and trips are factored in.