Brexit impact on Portugal is unavoidable

in News · 08-11-2019 01:00:00 · 20 Comments

The impact of Brexit on tourism is inevitable and is already being felt, but there are ongoing strategies to mitigate the consequences according to Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism Rita Marques.

“It is more than evident that Brexit will bring consequences, it is already bringing them. Until this period of uncertainty and this wear and tear that is being created by the process has been dragging on for so long, it will have an undesirable impact” she told Lusa.

To encourage British tourists to continue visiting the country, in March this year, Portugal’s Tourism launched the ‘Brelcome’ campaign, a pun between ‘Brexit’ and the word ‘welcome’, as part of a contingency plan to minimise the economic impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union.

In addition to a dedicated online helpline and a specific information area on the VisitPortugal portal, British tourists will benefit from facilities such as visa waivers, dedicated airport corridors, use of health insurance and recognition of driving licences.

The aim is “to try to reassure the British, saying that Portugal is still here, no matter what happens, with open arms,” Marques said.

On the other hand, the government is investing in the growth of other issuing markets “which may gradually replace the United Kingdom in the short and medium term,” noting the increases in visitors from North America, Central America, Asia and Oceania.

“We have to ensure that this process runs with some normality, within its abnormality,” Marques said when she visited the ‘World Travel Market’ (WTM) fair at the Excel London exhibition centre.

The national participation is coordinated by the Lisbon Tourism Association and includes 93 companies and the seven Regional Tourist Promotion Agencies (Porto and North, Centre, Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve, Madeira and Azores), which occupy a stand of 812 square metres.
The presence at WTM is part of a set of promotional actions developed with the British market, the larges

WTM, the largest British tourism fair and one of the most important in the world, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has more than 5,000 exhibitors from around the world and the organisers estimate last year’s edition to have resulted in contracts worth €3.5 billion.


We have been to lovely Portugal and still consider it at the top of our new home list. While I applaud Portugal’s attempt to maintain British tourism, I’m afraid the Brits will have to come to terms with Brexit’s negative impact. Every EU country will not be as generous in handouts. But, thank you Portugal for trying to stay above the fray.

By Tes Sandler from USA on 15-11-2019 11:23

Welcome us and we will come , wonderful place love Porto!

By derek warley from UK on 14-11-2019 06:11

We just love Portugal and the people. It feels like our second home and always look forward to returning. Brexit to me is wrong, but if it does go ahead, I for one will still come and support what the Portuguese have to offer.

By Philip Moggridge from UK on 12-11-2019 04:26

If Brexit does happen then we will be moving permanently to our house in central Portugal. Bollox to Brexit - stay in the EU.

By Keith Scott from UK on 11-11-2019 01:23

My husband and I have been visiting Portugal for over 20 years. We have traveled to lots of different places and regions, and we love them all. We would live there if it wasn't for our animals! We will continue to visit as often as we can.

By Susan Collins from UK on 11-11-2019 09:55

I have been visiting the algarve since 1992. I have always received a warm welcome, the food is good the weather is perfect. I intend to spend a lot of time there after retirement. Which is not too far away. Bring it on. I love the place.

By Steve raines from UK on 10-11-2019 11:05

9 months in Lisbon, I can't remeber last time I put with winter or rain Jacket on my shoulder . fantastic weather , excellent transport connection , fabulous and welcoming people. you will enjoy variety of food .. all affordable . Why go somewhere else . Portugal beach , sun and fun food and mood

By abdulrahim alhassan from UK on 10-11-2019 11:34

I come from the USA, my partner is British and we live in Coimbra district. We agree about great value for money as to housing, food, services. But we also find the people here unmatched in their friendliness. We are proud and privileged to live here, and wish to make this our permanent home. This is a beautiful country.

By L. Thompson from Other on 09-11-2019 11:07

We will be down early January again through the winter until Spring, than again later, we love the country of Portugal, its people and the food ,Sunshine, places to visit etc etc etc.

By Neil Barton from UK on 09-11-2019 03:24

We thoroughly enjoy the Cascais and Lisbon area, biggest problem we have is only Ryanair fly there from Scotland and that's a frustrating way to start / end your holiday! We'll definitely be back brexit or not.

By Rory from UK on 09-11-2019 03:15

I only wish the same courtesy is extended to the Portuguese visiting as well.

By Valter Vilar from Lisbon on 09-11-2019 01:38

Portuguese are friendly welcoming people, Lisbon is beautiful .

By John PHILLIPS from UK on 09-11-2019 01:34

Portugal is wonderful people.

By Jan from Algarve on 09-11-2019 12:47

I have a house in Vila Nova do Ceira..near Gois, central Portugal..40mins from Coimbra city..mountainous region..beautiful scenery..villages..river beaches..cafes & restaurants etc etc..the property is so much cheaper than the south..and we're only an hour or so from Porto beaches and airport..forget your 100s of thousand pound properties of the south and we get better weather generally all round.
I 've had my 4 bed house for five that i'm on my own i want to downsize to the same your talking under €200,000 for a completely character refurbished and modernised house with lots of etc etc..i,m praising this area obviously..but against the souths tourism this is paradise..plenty of uk living and holidaying here.

By John Miles from UK on 09-11-2019 12:37

We love visiting Portugal and hope to enjoy many more holidays over many years. Sue

By Sue Squires from UK on 09-11-2019 09:57

I lived in the Coimbra region (Central) for 3 years and encourage people to visit the laid back non touristic way of live. You will find outstanding scenery, local dishes different to the South and great value for money.

By A Santo from UK on 09-11-2019 08:39

One of the most polite, nice and helpful people on planet live in Porto.
Owesome weather , fairly priced and much more.

By M Ali from UK on 09-11-2019 01:19

Hopefully we will be able to stop this ridiculous thing from happening. #stop brexit!!!

By Suzanne from UK on 08-11-2019 07:18

Hi, Portugal will be my retirement home. I brought an apartment in carvoeiro and I can only agree with the comments. The Portuguese people are lovely people and the and beautiful beaches make this the perfect place for relaxing holiday or maybe retirement. Try it and your be hooked.

By Daniel Milam from UK on 08-11-2019 06:39

We shall continue to come to Portugal every year. The Portuguese are a polite, welcoming and happy people. The country is clean,with excellent food and wines. All commodities from hotels, to car hire and especially chicken Piri Piri are fairly priced. Thank you.

By C.R.Rees from UK on 08-11-2019 11:31
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