The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) welcomes Portugal's commitment to the prioritisation of the Travel & Tourism sector as the engine of economic growth in the country.
Meeting with tourism officials in Lisbon today, Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of WTTC said: "Tourism is an important sector for Portugal’s economy, contributing over 16% of GDP and 1 in 5 jobs. The Portuguese government has rightly recognised the important role tourism can play in economic prosperity and job creation.”
“I congratulate the Minister of Economy Manuel, Caldeira Cabral, Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes, and the President of Tourism Portugal, Luis Araújo, for their achievements so far and they can count on our support as they continue on this path. They have developed excellent relations between the public and private sectors, which has triggered the growth of the sector. Portugal is trendy and needs to continue to maintain momentum to maximise its growth as we estimate that at the current rate of progression, another 100,000 jobs will be created”, added Guevara.
"I am delighted that we have identified a common agenda to tackle some of the future challenges together, which include ensuring safe, secure and seamless travel through the increased use of biometrics and ensuring growth is sustainable through excellent planning and management, which involves public and private sector as well as communities.”
The Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes, will be a speaker at the upcoming WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18-19 April 2018.