Lisbon is the European city with the highest demand for tourists, with more flight reservations. It follows Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Vienna, Barcelona and London.
The data appear in a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTCC) and the consultancy ForwardKeys, and refer to tickets sold between 1 and 14 June compared to the same period. Only tickets that provided travelers with overnight stays between one to 21 nights at destinations were considered.
The scenario was different a year ago, with London leading the ranking, and Lisbon emerging in ninth position.
According to the study, ticket sales in the European Union fell 84% in the first half of June, registering a slight improvement, after the 94% drop registered in May.
The report points out that flight sales to the UK fell 96% in the first half of June, after sinking 97% in May.
The WTCC is a London-based organization that represents the global private travel and tourism sector.
The report praises the effort made by Portugal in the measures taken for the tourism sector. "Portugal was one of the first countries to establish hygiene rules and safety protocols to receive tourists and has one of the main testing rates to control the transmission" of the virus ", according to the statement.
“Portugal's success in attracting visitors follows the safety and health measures implemented by the Government. These are, in line with our global protocol, designed to take over this important sector and ensure travel safety ”, according to WTCC President Gloria Guevara, pointing out that the destination has already earned the WTCC seal that rewards the most insurance.
The WTCC also hopes that the British Government will soon announce the lifting of travel restrictions for several countries, including Portugal. The organization points out that the quarantine rules imposed by the British Government led London to sink in the ranking.
"We look forward to the British Government's announcement that it will finally allow travelers to make plans for the summer and visit destinations across Europe and allow the UK travel and tourism industry to kick-start their recovery," pointed out the WTCC leader.
“Under pressure from the travel industry, the British government looks like it will finally announce travel corridors to popular European destinations like France, Germany, Greece, Turkey and Italy. This would allow airlines to open flights for Britons who want to go abroad during the summer, ”the statement said.
Controversial news on the subject has been published in the British press, and the government has already announced that it will announce the list of countries later this week.
Last week, the Telegraph said that Portugal would stay out of countries to which the British can travel without restrictions, but pressure group Quash Quarantine has already made it public that Portugal will be included in the list.
"Although Portugal has had a question mark due to the recent cases, it will be on the list", said on June 25 to The Sun Paul Charles, responsible for this group that includes 500 companies in the tourism sector in the United Kingdom and which is pressure the Boris Johnson Government to lift restrictions on air travel abroad.
The Portuguese Government came to the public yesterday saying that “it does not make sense” Portugal to be discriminated against compared to other countries.
“There is no point in being discriminated against in relation to other destinations within Europe that have already higher levels of incidence. It is an argument that we continue to make and that we hope will be important, ”said the Minister of Economy on Monday.
"Fortunately, we are having in relation to other countries and other important markets, such as the German market, another type of approach and approach to this problem", said Pedro Siza Vieira.