Published on : Thursday, January 16, 2014
In an effort to enhance the European & Mediterranean experience for their clients, a group of eight travel agents traveled through Portugal after their business visit to ILTM 2013 in Cannes. The familiarization visit to the picturesque and historic cities of Portugal was organized by Portuguese DMC ‘Oasis Travels’ in association with local hotel and resort chains.
The group explored the history, culture, lifestyle and diverse Portuguese cuisine whilst traveling through the cities of Lisbon, Aveiro, Porto, Coimbra, Cascais, Sintra and the religious shrine at the city of Fatima. During their 8 day visit, the group was introduced to hotels, resorts and restored palaces in addition to tour excursions that would enhance the experience of Indian families during their summer break. The group also explored destinations, hotels and restored palaces that would attract Indian wedding and honeymoon segments.
Mr. Vitor Manuel de Almeida, General Manager of Oasis Travel said, ‘We are delighted with the feedback from the participants about their experience in Portugal and it was an honor for Oasistravel to have invited and hosted this fantastic group of 8 Indian Travel Agents visiting Portugal. We are sure that these Agents, that we already consider more than clients, will be excellent ambassadors of this Destination and will put Portugal on top of recommendations to their customers.
Oasistravel DMC is determined to be increasingly a reference partner for Indian customers both in Portugal, Spain and Morocco.
Mrs. Sonalee Vaz commented, “Portugal is an new emerging European & Mediterranean destination that attracts travellers from across the globe and the familiarization tours organised cater to the changing dynamics of the Indian Travel Industry. The destination offers its unique cuisine and culture matched with amazing landscapes that blends seamlessly with southern Mediterranean region of Algarve. Portugal also boosts of the islands of Madeira and Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.
Commenting on their experience, Mr. Ankur Kalra, Managing Director of Wellcome Tours appreciated for the excellent and quality services provided to them in Portugal. The kind of hospitality and warmness extended to us will always be remembered and had a wonderful r. Ajay Chhabria, Partner of INTIME Travels is thankful for providing the opportunity to experience this fascinating country. Portugal is an amazing destination for all classes and without visiting the country and experiencing it firsthand I wouldn’t be able to truly escribe it to my clients. Everyone we had co-ordinated with seemed to go out of their way to be helpful. I came back totally rejuvenated.
Mrs. Anita Kamath, Director of Regal Voyages stated that it was superbly organised by Oasis Travel. Lisbon has so much history, culture and beautiful architecture. Obidos, Aveiro, Nazare are so beautiful with old buildings, the breathtaking beaches, steep cliffs and quaint cities. Portugal has a lovely mix of old world and new world charm, quite unlike many other European cities. The people are so friendly and willing to go the extra mile, it is really refreshing. It is one place you would like to visit in summer and in winter with their amazing coastal climate.
Mr. Varun Godia, Manager Product Development of Varun Worldwide Vacations have suggested not to miss the Pasties de Belem, Piri Piri Chicken and the Port Wine.
Portugal as a country was a huge revelation to us; from their historic quarters to the seamless transition into the modern suburbs be it in the bigger cities of Lisbon and Porto or the smaller towns of Obidos or Nazare, every inch of the country has a story to tell.
That said, the nightlife, beaches and cuisine compliment the history and culture perfectly giving every visitor a rounded experience of one of the most hospitable and friendly regions in mainland Europe.