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Portuguese tourism for the first time in April exceeded the level recorded in 2019 – 05/31/2022



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Lisbon, 31 May (EFE) — Portugal’s hotel sector recorded around 2.4 million guests and 6 million overnight stays in April this year, up 1.6% and 1.1% respectively compared to the same month last of the year. 2019 and will exceed pre-pandemic levels for the first time.

For the first time since the emergence of the coronavirus, figures higher than in 2019 were recorded, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) emphasized in a report with preliminary data from the sector, explaining that this progress is due to an increase in the domestic market.

In particular, domestic tourists spent 1.9 million overnight stays (up 15% compared to April 2019), and foreign tourists – up to 4.1 million (-4.4% compared to the same month in 2019).

It also has the second-best month in terms of overnight stays recorded since the start of the pandemic, surpassed only by August 2021, when 7.5 million were registered, which is no more than the same month in 2019, INE said.

In relation to April 2021, the growth was 424.6% in terms of the number of guests and 548.4% in overnight stays.

According to INE, the domestic market grew by 193.6%, while the external market reached 1403.2%, which is “the highest value since the start of the pandemic.”

Among foreigners, the main outbound market was the UK (19.8% of total overnight stays), up 1.4% compared to April 2019.

This is followed by Germany (12.6% of the total and 5.1% less) and Spain (12.2% of the total and 0.9% more than in April three years ago).

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The largest growth compared to April 2019 was registered in the Czech Republic (78.5%), Romania (58.6%), America (22.5%) and Ireland (18.9%) markets, while the largest decline was in the Sweden (-30.9%). ), Brazilian (-20%) and French (-15%).

In terms of nights, the hotel business (accounting for 83.1% of the total) recorded an increase of 628.9% (0.9% more than in April 2019).

On the other hand, 22.9% of hostels are closed or do not register the movements of guests.

Over the first four months of 2022, the number of overnight stays increased by 449.2% (+181% for residents and +1022.1% for non-residents) to 14.9 million people.

Compared to three years ago, they decreased by 11.9% due to the reduction of non-residents (-18.4%), while citizens registered an increase of 3.4%. EFE

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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