World Travel Awards 2017
Pestana Hotel Group wins 3 world tourism “oscars”
The Pestana Hotel Group has just received the highest international tourism award for three of its hotels. For the 2nd consecutive year, Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive & Spa Beach Resort received the award for Europe's Leading All Inclusive Resort. Pestana Palace Lisbon was elected Europe's Leading Luxury Business Hotel and the Pestana CR7 Funchal was elected Portugal's Leading Boutique Hotel.
These prizes were awarded by the World Travel Awards 2017, reinforcing the excellence of the largest international hotel group of Portuguese origin. The awards ceremony took place last Saturday, September 30th, in St. Petersburg, Russia, which also elected Portugal as Best Tourist Destination in Europe, Algarve as the Best Beach Destination and Madeira as Best Insular Destination.
José Theotónio, CEO of the Pestana Hotel Group, stated "We are very proud to acknowledge the worldwide recognition of the Pestana brand. These three awards reflect the differentiating features and the special attributes of each of our winning hotels: the consolidation and strengthening of the Pestana Porto Santo in Europe; the recognition of Pestana Palace's excellence in its luxury segment; and the innovative and successful nature of the Pestana CR7 brand, which has received this award with but only one year of operation".
Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognize the best examples of good practices in the tourism sector, on a global scale. The voting is carried out by the general public and by more than 200 thousand tourism professionals, from 160 countries.
Past Pestana Hotel Group World Travel Awards:
Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive & Spa Beach Resort
2016 Europe’s Leading All Inclusive Resort
2015 Portugal’s Leading Resort
2014 Europe's Leading All Inclusive Resort
Pestana Palace Hotel
2015 Portugal’s Leading Business Hotel
2011 Portugal's Leading Hotel
2010 Portugal's Leading Hotel
2008 Portugal's Leading Hotel
2007 Portugal's Leading Conference Hotel
2007 Portugal's Leading Hotel
11 JUL 2017
Pousadas de Portugal launch a unique wine with José Maria da Fonseca
Anniversaries unite two historical brands of Portugal
Pousadas de Portugal celebrate this year 75 years of history, the preservation of Portuguese nationality, and the protection of tangible and intangible heritage. To mark this occasion, Pousadas de Portugal invited the well-known wine producer José Maria da Fonseca to recreate a wine which could enhance the rich heritage of the national gastronomy. The result is the creation of a commemorative wine, the Vinhas de Algeruz Premium Vineyards 2015, which is meant to be a wine that goes perfectly with any gastronomic moment.
This unique and exclusive red wine from the Great Algeruz Vineyard, which was founded by the renowned oenologist Domingos Soares Franco and is located on the Setúbal Peninsula, was produced from the Syrah and Castelão grapes and was aged for six months in barrels of French and American oak to develop its seductive, luxuriant red tone and surprising fruity aroma with a slight hint of wood.
The Great Algeruz Vineyard in Palmela has belonged to José Maria da Fonseca since 1989 and is a landmark in the history of the emblematic Portuguese company. The vineyard stands out through its high potential, considering its size of 210 hectares (around 85 acres), and the array technical options it offers that poignantly represent the region's viticulture. José Maria da Fonseca oversees the quality and responsibility of grape production for most of its wines, which adds value and personality to them.
Having a velvety taste, caused by the smooth flavors of red fruits and vanilla, with strikingly present and well-incorporated tannins, it is considered to be the perfect accompaniment to the most classic dishes of the national cuisine. The delicacies confectioned with game meat or poultry and opulent regional cheeses harmonize with the Vineyards of Algeruz in an absolutely sublime way.
The wine is available from north to south in the restaurants of the Pousadas de Portugal - the largest Portuguese gastronomy networt. Recommending the special menu, which is available for a price of 75 euros (commemorative of its 75th anniversary) to celebrate more than seven decades of active service to the culture and tradition of the country.
30 MAY 2017
Pestana Pousada de Lisboa Accepted into Virtuoso®
Hotel in Center of Lisbon
Now Part Of Exclusive Luxury Travel Network
Pestana Pousada de Lisboa – Praça do Comércio has been accepted into Virtuoso®’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 1,700 preferred suppliers in 100 countries. According to Frederico Costa, board member of Pestana Hotel Group, inclusion in Virtuoso will open up new sales and marketing opportunities to the network’s more than 15,200 luxury travel advisors and their highly desirable clientele. Virtuoso agencies sell more than (U.S.) $21.2 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel.
“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so becoming a preferred partner is a true honor,” said Costa. “The reputation Virtuoso member advisors have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own bespoke approach to service. Now that we’re part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients special amenities, values and experiences that surpass their expectations.”
Pestana Pousada de Lisboa’s acceptance into Virtuoso gives it direct relationships with the world’s leading leisure travel agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. It joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other suppliers worldwide. These partners, which specialize in world-class client service and experiences, secure Virtuoso clients superior offerings, rare opportunities and exceptional value. These prestigious providers are able to market to Virtuoso clients via network vehicles and to Virtuoso agencies through multiple communications channels and events, including Virtuoso Travel Week, luxury travel’s largest worldwide gathering.
Set in the heart of Lisbon, Pestana Pousada de Lisboa is emblematic of what the Pestana Hotel Group excels at – taking historical properties and weaving their cultural heritage with modern luxury. The building itself, which sits on the edge of Praça do Comércio Square, was once the powerhouse of the city. References to Lisbon’s rich past are displayed throughout the property thanks to the original art pieces, on loan to the Pousada from the city’s museums. Costa said, “Pestana Pousada de Lisboa is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in the country and a landmark in Lisbon due to its location, restoration, and quality of service.”
For more information www.pousadas.pt.
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 800 travel agency partners with more than 15,200 elite travel advisors in over 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $21.2 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.
26 MAY 2017
New Pousada de Portugal Historic Hotel in Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve
PESTANA HOTEL GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW DESTINATION IN THE ALGARVE
Pestana Hotel Group publicly presented a new Pousada de Portugal located in the historic centre of Vila Real de Santo António, in the most eastern area of the region (Sotavento), thus continuing its investment in the Algarve. This investment will provide the historic heritage building with 57 rooms, 114 beds and create 30 new jobs. The official opening is scheduled for the beginning of next year’s Summer.
At ceremony, where the agreement was signed with the local authorities, Luís Castanheira Lopes, highlighted the historic nature of the new Pousada. “The Pestana Hotel Group will restore the buildings in full harmony with its architectural relevance allowing visitors to experience its very rich cultural legacy, a core characteristic at the heart of the Pousadas de Portugal brand DNA that celebrate 75 years in 2017”.
According to José Theotónio, “The Pestana Hotel Group is highly committed with its national expansion alongside its international growth. This new Pousada is a good example of our long term persistent commitment in the Algarve with a qualified investment that will generate growth in travel inflows, contributing to put Vila Real de Santo António in the map of world tourism, generating more economy for the local communities”.
The unique Southern location of Vila Real de Santo António, on the border with Spain, makes it one of the most secluded regions with some of the best beaches, with warm weather and tepid waters in the Algarve. The new hotel is due to open in the Summer of 2018 but reservations will open in the beginning of the year.
This will the be the fourth Pousada de Portugal in the Algarve and the 17th Pestana unit in the region. There are currently 16 Pestana units in the Algarve, 13 Pestana Hotels & Resorts and 3 Pousadas de Portugal (Palácio de Estói in Faro, Fortaleza de Sagres and Convento de Tavira).
19 ABR 2017
Pousadas de Portugal celebrates its 75th anniversary with a Gala Dinner at the Queluz National Palace
Over 100 guests gathered for a unique evening
The first Pousada de Portugal was inaugurated on April 19th 1942 marking the birth of a crucial brand for Portuguese tourism and culture. 75 years later, the remarkable history of Pousadas de Portugal was celebrated with a Gala Dinner held at the stunning Throne Room of Queluz Palace, bringing together more than 100 guests, including Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Secretary of State for Tourism Ana Mendes Godinho, and some of the most important personalities in Portuguese tourism, politics and economy.
With 33 units scattered across the country, Pousadas de Portugal are synonymous with culture, history and tradition, furthering the preservation and protection of some of the most important traits of Portuguese identity. With a portfolio brimming with palaces, convents and castles, the Group's units are like guardians of local knowledge and traditions, which are palpable not only in the buildings themselves but also in the culinary habits and the many stories local heritage - both material and human - conceals.
"This was a time of gathering and celebration of the memories of an iconic hotel chain, which has in its buildings and employees a heritage of immeasurable value. We have honored 75 years of history that have taught us many lessons so we can stay focused on our core mission: to provide our usual quality service while maintaining an unbreakable commitment to the preservation of Portuguese culture and history. As far as Pousadas de Portugal is concerned, it is very clear that only by respecting our past can we project an even better future," says Luis Castanheira Lopes, President of the Pestana Pousadas Group.
That April 19 evening revisited some of the most important landmarks in the history of Pousadas de Portugal, with several tributes to the Group and its employees, the screening of a commemorative film, and an award ceremony honoring some of the most decisive entities and individuals in the Group's rich history. The event began at 8 pm, with a guest reception in the beautiful Music Hall, accompanied by a musical moment performed by Orquestra XXI. The closing act, on the other hand, was performed by Fado singer Cuca Roseta, who showcased some of her most popular tunes, lending a touch of Fado's profoundness and tradition to a deeply Portuguese event.
The 75th anniversary celebration will extend throughout 2017 with several initiatives extolling the historical and human heritage of Pousadas de Portugal.
More information at www.pousadas.pt.
Dionísio Pestana receives Career Excellence Award, 27 FEB 2017
Pestana receives Travel Store American Express Award
The Chairman of Pestana Hotel Group, Dionísio Pestana, was granted the Career Excellence Award by Travelstore American Express Global Business Travel, for his notable contribution to the national economy and the international projection of the excellency of the Portuguese tourism.Read more
16 AUG 2016
PESTANA CR7 LISBOA OPENS DOORS ON AUGUST 16
Following the success in Funchal, Pestana Hotel Group are delighted to announce the opening of Pestana CR7 Lisboa in the heart of the Baixa. A short walk from Terreiro do Paço, the new lifestyle hotel offers an innovative concept on hospitality that provides guests with a truly unique experience to create moments of fun with the people that matter.Read more
22 JUL 2016
CRISTIANO RONALDO AND DIONÍSIO PESTANA OPEN DOORS TOGETHER
It is held today the official opening ceremony of the Pestana CR7 Funchal, the first hotel that results from the partnership between the greatest football player in the world and the chain leading multinational hotel in Portugal.Read more
17 JUN 2016
Picnics in Pousadas de Portugal
15 JUN 2016
Pousadas de Portugal launches special edition
09 JUNE 2016
Pousada Mosteiro do Crato and Pousada Convento de Arraiolos are opening signature spas
27 APR 2016
Pousada de Lisboa in the Hot List of Condé Nast Traveller
30 MAR 2016
Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães is part of the prestigious chain 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'
15 MAR 2016
Pestana Hotel Group was elected Trusted Brand 2016
With great emphasis on quality of its serviceRead more
17 DEC 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo and Dionísio Pestana launch Joint Hotel Venture
The world’s best football player Cristiano Ronaldo and the largest International Portuguese hotel group Pestana, have announced a joint partnership to launch four new boutique hotels.Read more
DEC 07 2016
The Pestana Hotel Group invests 200m€ until 2020
In a press conference yesterday at its flagship hotel in Lisbon, the Pestana Hotel Group presented an overview of the Group’s expansion strategy over the past five years and unveiled the Development Area’s growth plans until 2020. The four-year plan will result in a global investment of 200M€, where the opening of a new hotel in New York stands out.Read more