My 3rd week in Portugal it’s starting. I’m doing my Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs with Dtravel Agengy, a DMC (Destination Management Organization) located in Pombal , in the district of Leiria. It’s a incoming travel agency and it has been working for 4 years in the portuguese market.
The managing director is Mrs Elisabete João , she welcomed me warmly. Mrs Maria João, responsible of the italian market,is my tutor.
First day I met the other members of the agency.
I’ve felt very good . The DTravel’s seat is very homey, and very inspiring for me. The team is very young ,and this is an aspect that I really like. It has been explained to me service and activity offered by Dtravel to foreign customers: circuits, week-ends, stays, and corporate.
First week was dedicated to study on portuguese tourist market. Portugal is a country with a big growth, especially in tourist sector. During the last years, it received a number of national and international awards: Best Tourist Destination in Europe at World Travel Award, Best European Destination 2017 ( Porto ), Best Seaside Destination ( Madera Island) etc.
In the second week Dtravel gave me a chance to take part in a package holiday for an Italian Agency. During 5 days, I travelled with 40 italian tourists, a local tourist guide and an italian tourist guide. Our trip touched different cities: Lisboa, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare’, Alcobaça, Braga, Santiago de Compostela, and Porto.
It was a great experience. I followed up my knowledge on the portuguese history, I tried to understand the needs of tourist travelling, negative and positive aspects to working with big groups. Forthermore, it was a good chance to approch to other professionals with a great experience in the tourism sector.
Sure, I fall in love with Portugal!
I’m so excited to start this new week !