The Pestana Group is Portugal’s largest international tourism and leisure group and one of the largest in Europe where it ranks 25th.

In the leisure area the Group currently owns and manages, besides the 88 hotels spread over 15 countries: Portugal, England, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and the United States of America,  36 Pousadas de Portugal, 15 Holiday Ownership units , 6 golf courses, 3 real estate ventures, two casinos (Madeira and S. Tomé e Príncipe), an air charter company and one tour operator.  In 2003 the group was awarded an international tender to manage the Pousadas de Portugal chain adding to its portfolio unique properties located in converted monuments, palaces, convents and castles spread across the country.

In 2005 the Pestana Group internationalised the Pousadas de Portugal brand with the opening of the Pestana Convento do Carmo, by Pousadas de Portugal, a Leading Hotel of the World property in S. Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.


The Group also continuously analyzes ownership and management proposals particularly in the South American and European capitals and expects to reach the 100 properties by the end of 2012, when the group celebrates its 40th anniversary in the hotel industry.

The Pestana Group currently employs 7000 collaborators worldwide.