The very first ‘Portugal Experience Workshop 2012’ organised in Mumbai saw a number of hoteliers from the country interested in expanding into the Indian market. The hotel segments ranged from three star city hotels to beach resorts to heritage properties. “We came here for the roadshow as we have started getting many Indian clients, in particular honeymooners and families. Our hotels are palace hotels and heritage hotels, we get a lot of Indian guests who want to experience heritage properties in Portugal,” said Miguel Judice, co-president, Thema Hotels and Resorts, to the press. “At the time of the wedding we received a lot of guests from India and after that they recommended to other guests who now come to one of our palaces. So we decided to come to India to start working with this country more. We feel there is now potential with more airline connections. We are confident that the market can grow significantly,” added Judice. Acording to official statements released, Thema Hotels and Resorts is focusing on leisure, honeymooners, families and small MICE groups from India.
According to news reports, Sana Hotels Portugal that has been in existence for 50 years now, has a chain of 11 three, four and five star properties in Portugal. “India is a market that we are interested in, also because the owners of the hotel group is an Indian family. We think that there is a huge potential here for Portugal and the market can increase significantly. We have got a few groups from India. Incentive and corporate are our main markets, but also leisure. We also have leisure hotels eg in a fishing village south of Lisbon, another in the coast of Lisbon, besides a thermal village in the north of Lisbon. All our hotels in Lisbon are in the city centre and great for city trips,” said Paulo Monge, sales and promotion director, Sana Hotels Portugal.