Portuguese President Hails Tourism Industry


Responding to an Open Letter presented jointly by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the President of the Portuguese Republic, Anibal Cavaco Silva, cited several reasons how tourism plays such a vital role in his country's economy.
He highlighted the importance of the industry to the country’s jobs and exports on the occasion of the presentation of the Open Letter on Travel and Tourism in Lisbon last month (December), which aims to rally support for tourism among world leaders.
Meeting UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and WTTC President and CEO, David Scowsill, Cavaco Silva recalled that tourism directly represents 9% of Portugal’s GDP and 8% of the workforce.
“Tourism is very important for jobs and exports in Portugal,” stressed Cavaco Silva.
WTTC President & CEO, David Scowsill, echoed the President's remark by observing that “few countries have a greater dependence on travel and tourism than Portugal. During 2012, our industry sustained directly and indirectly almost 18% of all jobs and contributed 15% of Portugal's GDP. There is a large private sector committed to economic growth and job creation, which is committed to work with the government to stimulate further growth in these difficult economic times. The President understands the huge economic and social contribution that the industry makes to the Portuguese economy.”