Yong Liang, president of the association, founded in
February 2019, with the aim of promoting Portugal in China as a tourist destination,
told Lusa that as operators around the world prepare for the return of tens of
millions of Chinese to the market global, “the reopening of China is good and
positive news for the tourism industry in Portugal”.
Alerting to the need to increase the frequency of air
connections between the two countries, Liang believes that the number of
tourists visiting Portugal will increase “month by month”.
The association previously established the objective of
reaching one million Chinese tourists in 2025, but with the pandemic “it may
take us a little longer, but we will continue to work towards that first
objective, as well as to respond to the challenge presented to us of increasing
the average stay of Chinese tourists in Portugal”, said Yong Liang.
Meanwhile, data provided to Lusa by Tiago Brito, the
permanent representative of Turismo de Portugal in China, more than 385,000
Chinese visited Portugal in 2019, the last year before the pandemic. Tourists
from China spent a total of 224 million euros in the country, an increase of
20% compared to 2018.
Beijing Capital Airlines, which operates the connection
between Portugal and China, told Lusa that the replacement of the original
frequency should be in place by the summer, pointing out that Chinese agencies
are not yet organizing trips to Portugal and Spain. Everything “will depend on
the evolution of the market”, said a source from the company.