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It’s Madeira this Easter

According to the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, mainland Portuguese citizens are concentrating on Madeira, and the Cape Verden islands as their Easter holiday destinations.

“Sales and bookings are higher than the previous year,” the President of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), Pedro Costa Ferreira, told Lusa when asked if there was an increase in Portuguese trips abroad in these first months of 2024.

“There is growth in all destinations. There are more destinations, there are more opportunities, new destinations have emerged, new charter occupations have emerged and are emerging, so this all points to higher numbers, although we have to look at these numbers with some caution and wait for more definitive numbers,” he went on to explain.

This year, Easter is celebrated on the 31st of March – unlike last year, which was in April, and already the level of bookings in March is higher and the supply is greater. So yes, the Portuguese continue to travel and at the beginning of the year the data we have is that they are travelling and/or booking more than last year.”

In terms of choices, “abroad, the first destination of Easter is Cape Verde. Cape Verde is a star destination this Easter. In addition, “Djerba [Tunisia], the Brazilian northeast, the Caribbean, and the Spanish islands are also in high demand this Easter.”

Domestically, Madeira is the preferred choice as is the Azores.  Further interest is being shown for Disneyland and the Algarve.

Samantha Gannon

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