Travel + Leisure Names Portugal Destination of the Year 2016

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Portugal was named Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2016 Destination of the Year today.  To celebrate, TAP Portugal is offering visitors from the U.S. a 17% discount to visit Portugal throughout 2017, whether Portugal is the travelers’ final destination, or a stopover en route to one of 17 other countries.

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Travelers using the promo code “PORTUGAL17” will receive a 17% discount on any travel for calendar year 2017 when booked on by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, November 20.* No blackout dates apply.

TAP flies 28 flights a week to Lisbon from New York, Newark, Boston and Miami, as well as two nonstop flights from Newark to Porto.  Beyond Lisbon and Porto, TAP also serves 45 connecting cities across Europe which are also covered by this promo code, including 7 in Portugal.

“Portugal has been called Europe’s best kept secret for years,” said Fernando Pinto, TAP’s CEO.  “Now with being named Destination of the Year by Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s most popular travel magazines, it certainly sounds like our secret is out.  With this special promotion, we look forward to welcoming even more first-time and repeat visitors throughout the year, even if it’s a stop on the way to France, Italy, Spain or elsewhere in Europe.”

TAP created its popular Stopover program this year so that U.S. travelers flying to Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom can enjoy up to three nights in Lisbon and/or Porto for no additional airfare.

The 45 European destinations from the US which include the stopover in Lisbon and/or Porto include:  Portugal’s own Faro, Funchal, Ponta Delgada, Porto Santo, and Terceira; France’s Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris, and Toulouse; Germany’s Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich; Italy’s Bologna, Milan, Rome, and Venice; Spain’s A Coruña, Astúrias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Málaga, Seville, Valencia, and Vigo; the United Kingdom’s London and Manchester; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Copenhagen, Denmark; Geneva, Switzerland; Helsinki, Finland; City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Moscow, Russia; Oslo, Norway; Prague, Czech Republic; Stockholm, Sweden; Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; and Zurich, Switzerland.

*Terms and Conditions:

  • 17% off base fare from North America to all of TAP network in all classes
  • TAP transatlantic flight must be involved
  • For travel through all of 2017 
  • No Blackouts
  • Sales period: November 14, 2016- November 20, 2016
  • Promo code name: PORTUGAL17

About TAP Portugal

TAP is Portugal’s leading airline, and member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach, since 2005. In operation since 1945, TAP celebrated 70 years on March 14, 2015, and has completed its privatization process in 2015, with the Atlantic Gateway Group now as new private shareholders of its share capital. TAP hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil. The company’s network currently comprises 76 destinations in 29 countries worldwide. TAP currently operates about 2,500 weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 63 Airbus aircraft and 17 aircraft in TAP Express livery, operating in the company’s regional network, adding up to a 80 aircraft fleet in the whole.

Within the vast restructure program currently going across the company as the outcome of its privatization process, TAP has announced its Network restructure, its medium and long haul fleet renewal program as of 2017 and the retrofit of the fleet currently in operation as well as the launch of the new branded product TAP Express, which replaced PGA and operates a new fleet of 8 ATR 72 and 9 Embraer 190.

In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concept has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa as well as Europe’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards in 2016, 2015 and 2014, the company was also awarded as the WTA World’s Leading Airline to Africa in 2011 and 2012 and the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, while the company’s In-flight magazine UP also received the WTA award as Europe’s Leading In-flight Magazine in 2015 and 2016. Voted Best Airline in Europe in 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2015 by the Global Traveler, USA, the company was also honored by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE “Planet Earth Award 2010”, in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product”. TAP was also voted Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010 and Best Portuguese Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011. 

Media contact:
Gareth Edmondson-Jones
GEJ, Ink
917 399-9355

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