Tourists from China spent €130 million in Portugal in 2017, 40% more than a year earlier, an amount that is catching the attention of Portuguese retailers, said Luís Filipe Silva, a member of the governing board of Turismo de Portugal.
Silva was speaking on the sidelines of the ITB China tourism fair, which ended on Friday in Shanghai, the economic “capital” of China, which had two dozen participants from Portugal, including the Freeport outlet, whose shopping centres in Lisbon and Vila do Conde showcase dozens of luxury brands.
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Portugal in 2017 rose by 40.7% to 256,700, according to figures from the Portuguese authorities, which attribute the increase to the launch of a direct air link between China and Portugal.
Capital Airlines currently offers three flights per week, between Hangzhou, on the east coast of China, and Lisbon, with a stop in Beijing, and in the first six months of operation registered occupancy rates of 80%.
Capital Airlines is one of the subsidiaries of Chinese group HNA, an indirect shareholder of TAP, through the consortium of Atlantic Gateway and Brazilian company Azul. (macauhub)