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Lisboa gears up for a musical Summer



This Summer Lisboa is set to host a diverse number of festivals across the city. The eclectic program will feature sonics for every taste. From rocking indie anthems to ethereal jazz vibes, amongst other genres, the capital of Portugal will not be short of music festivals this year.

Besides sounds for every taste – and a very warm weather set to last until October – Lisbon’s music festivals are a good excuse to discover the city’s history and gastronomy without breaking the bank. Recently the Portuguese capital was named best-value location for a European city break. The barometer’s ranking analysed 12 typical tourist costs, including an evening meal for two with wine, drinks, two nights’ three-star accommodation, sightseeing and city transport.

From international bands such as Arcade Fire and Florence & The Machine, to operas and parties by the beach, here are some of the music festivals taking place in Lisbon this Summer.

NOS Alive’23, 6-8 July

An electrifying reunion of international superstars, NOS Alive is renowned for its epic line-ups. This year’s edition at the Passeio Marítimo de Algés doesn’t disappoint, with the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Black Keys, The Arctic Monkeys and Lizzo set to ignite the stage. Tickets are selling fast with the first two days sold out and only day tickets available for day three, when Sam Smith and Queens of the Stone Age headline. Tickets from €74,

Super Bock Super Rock’23, 13-15 July

A multi-genre celebration of the biggest and freshest international acts alongside Portugal’s unique musical scene. This year’s line-up at Super Bock Super Rock boasts rock icons The 1975, Steve Lacy, Father John Misty, Wu-Tang Clan, Sampa The Great, and Nile Rogers. The festival takes place near the beach at Meco in Sesimbra, on the Lisboa coast, with direct transport available from the city. Day tickets from €65,

Sumol Summer Fest’23, 30 June – 1 July

Sumol Summer Fest is a beachside fiesta on the Costa da Caparica, to the south of Lisboa, that promises an unforgettable start to summer as visitors dance the night away to the tunes of Portugal’s best DJs. More than just a festival, it’s a celebration of youth and freedom. Day tickets from €45 and two-day tickets from €52, or €62 with camping,

COOLJAZZ, 8-29 July

Nestled amidst the heritage sites of Cascais on Lisboa’s coast, COOLJAZZ offers a unique blend of music, nature, and comfort. With performances by Lionel Richie, Norah Jones, Ben Parker, and Van Morrison, this festival promises to be a soothing balm to the soul as visitors bask in the harmonious interplay of jazz, soul, and blues under the starlit Cascais sky. Tickets from €35 per night,

Jazz em Agosto, 27 July – 6 August

Jazz em Agosto embarks on a musical voyage through the myriad identities of contemporary jazz at the Open Air Amphitheatre of the Gulbenkian Foundation in the heart of Lisboa. This year’s edition of the festival delves deep into the richness of African rhythms, featuring a host of exciting collaborations and solo performances on a hypnotic musical journey. Tickets from €6,

Operafest Lisboa’23, 18 August – 9 September

Operafest Lisboa promises opera like never before. Held at the idyllic Garden of Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga overlooking the River Tagus, this year’s festival explores the theme “Between Heaven and Hell”, with beloved classics like Bizet’s “Carmen” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” to innovative performances including Francisco Lima da Silva’s “Rigor mortis”. Offering an enthralling blend of traditional and contemporary sounds, Operafest kicks off with an operatic rave, a unique fusion of pop and opera that promises to be a highlight of the summer. Tickets from €35,

Meo Kalorama, 31 August – 2 September

Meo Kalorama in Lisboa rounds off Europe’s summer festival season. Taking place in Parque da Bela Vista, one of the city’s largest urban parks, the festival spans three nights form 31 August to 2 September and boasts more than 50 acts. With headliners including The Prodigy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florence & The Machine, Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire and The Foals, it is an exhilarating finish to the festival season. Meo Kalorama isn’t just about the music – it’s also a celebration of sustainability, innovation, and inclusion. The festival strives to use greener energies, promote local commerce, and implement reuse and recycle strategies, making it an eco-friendly option for environmentally conscious music lovers. Tickets cost from €65,

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Gatwick airport opens new £250m train station



An image of the first passengers using the new Gatwick train station
Gatwick Airport was officially opened on 9 June 1958 by Queen Elizabeth II.

A new look Gatwick Airport station has opened promising to offer passengers travelling between Brighton and London faster and more reliable journeys.

A bigger £250m rail station with a new second concourse and airport entrance is now available, doubling the space for the millions of passengers that use the station each year.

The first passengers to use the new concourse and airport entrance arrived on the 05.48 Thameslink Bedford to Brighton service on platform 7.

Eight new escalators and five new lifts will provide a step change for accessibility at the airport’s South Terminal. The new lifts and escalators, along with four new stairways and widened platforms, will help passengers move between the train station and the airport more quickly and easily.

Easier journeys between train and plane will benefit passengers across the wider network, helping keep trains running on time by removing the congestion on platforms that delay trains.

“This project is not just for those making their way to the airport, the work benefits passengers right across the route by giving them quicker journeys and a more reliable timetable”, says Lucy McAuliffe, Network Rail Sussex route director.

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, said“With millions of people travelling into Gatwick Airport by train each year, this station is a major public transport hub and has been upgraded thanks to Government funding, improving the train-to-plane journey and delivering more reliable services for passengers.

“Today’s opening demonstrates this Government’s commitment to funding improvements to our rail network, transforming a vital station into an impressive gateway to the UK and helping more British and international passengers to travel by train.”

The new concourse will now act as the new entrance for people accessing the airport terminal, while the existing concourse will be for people exiting. The existing station concourse, station footbridges and the South Terminal linkspan have been refurbished and reconfigured to provide a seamless one-way system to the airport from the train station.

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Travelers are spending more on ‘affordable luxury’, study says



A panel of professionals during the presentation of the WTM 2023 Global Report in London
The exclusive WTM Global Travel Report was compiled in association with researchers at Oxford Economics

A new research from World Travel Market London 2023, has revealed that “affordable luxury” is becoming more popular – despite the squeeze on many holidaymakers’ budgets.

The exclusive WTM Global Travel Report – compiled in association with researchers at Oxford Economics – has revealed that consumers generally remain determined to go on holiday and plenty are still prioritising upmarket options.

The report, unveiled on 6 November during the travel and tourism event taking place in London, says “affordable luxury” is becoming more popular “amid promising sentiment overall”.

It explains that this growth area in travel aligns with a broader trend for consumers to seek out new and unique experiences on holiday.

“After the pandemic and restrictions on travel, many have wanted to upgrade their experience…as consumers proactively catch up on missed tourism experiences,” says the report.

The report notes: “Consumers unaffected by economic downturns are likely to continue opting for luxury destinations.

The report cites United States consumer data from MMGY which suggests that the cost of living is having more of an effect on households with annual incomes under $50,000.

However, those earning more indicated a “high likelihood” of future travel.

Nonetheless, the report warns that some of the post-pandemic drivers of travel demand may have “gone into reverse in recent months”, posing a risk to continued expansion.

It points to persistently high costs and the recovery of sterling and the euro, which is making the purchasing power of the US dollar weaker in Europe.

The price of jet fuel is significantly higher than at the start of the year, putting pressure on air fares.

Consumers’ personal disposable income is also under pressure as their own transport and other living costs rise.

Despite these headwinds, the report notes: “Higher costs have not yet been a significant deterrent to growth and travellers appear willing to pay higher prices.”

“We are witnessing a remarkable resilience as people are still prioritising travel and many are seeking ‘affordable luxury’, such as higher rated accommodation or premium economy and business cabins instead of economy”, says Juliette Losardo, Exhibition Director at WTM London.

Meanwhile, the travel industry continues to face supply side problems, amid geopolitical events such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and staff shortages still affect many markets because large numbers of workers switched to other sectors during the pandemic. 

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London is the most searched-for destination for flights in 2023



A shot of London featuring the Big Ben
Last minute: 44% of all bookings globally in 2023 were made within two weeks or less of departure | Source: eDreams Year in Travel report

Travel subscription platform eDreams, one of Europe’s largest e-commerce businesses, launched its ‘Year in Travel’ report today. The study, which analyses searches and booking data from its customers in all key European markets and the USA, reveals the evolution of travel, including top destinations, booking habits and growth destinations.

London came third as the most popular booked destination globally, behind Paris in 1st  place and Barcelona in 2nd. However, the British capital pipped Paris to the post as the most popular destination for flight searches from all markets globally during 2023 – followed by Paris, New York City, Bangkok and Barcelona.

London was the 2nd most popular booked destination for Germans, the 3rd most popular booked destination for Portuguese and 6th on the list for departures from Spain. For in-coming arrival by air to the UK during 2023, the largest percentage were from Spain (19%), followed by Germany (12%) and Italy (11%). French arrivals made up 10%.  

British travellers instead had their sights on Dublin as the most popular booked destination and all top destinations were short-haul, reflecting  the overall picture of the distance Brits travelled during 2023: 76% continental, 15% intercontinental and 9% domestic.  

“Our research shows that travel continues to be a very important part of people’s lives. When we look at the global travel map for 2023, traditional hotspots like Paris, Barcelona and London remain firm favourites. But, we have also seen long-haul destinations like Bangkok, Las Vegas, and New York grow in popularity this year. That’s really exciting as it shows how travellers are embracing the plethora of choice, information and inspiration available to them thanks to new technologies like AI and increasingly influential social media platforms like Tik Tok”, says Dana Dunne, CEO of eDreams ODIGEO.

As 2024 is packed with major international sporting events – including the Olympics, the Paralympics, Grand Prix, the Euros and the T20 cricket,  eDreams’ data shows where interest is already heating up. Global searches for travel to Paris during the Olympics in 2024 vs the same dates in 2023 are up by +41%. 2024 will be the 20th anniversary of Bahrain’s Grand Prix and global travel searches for the weekend of 2 March are up +183% compared to last year. 

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