In the past few years, Portugal has established itself as one of the best touristic destinations all across the world. The growth of this sector in our country has been a major key for the wealth creation in Portugal, and one of the main drivers for our economy. Last year, 2017, we broke new records again – revenue increased 20%, something we had not seen in the last two decades.
So strong is the performance of tourism in Portugal that it accounts for more than half the services exports and 18% of the exports of goods and services. Last year, overall, Portuguese exports kept growing and represented 42,5% of our GDP, a new record, which clearly shows how sustainable and resilient the Portuguese economy is.
We are also aware that the demand for high quality health treatments is growing, namely because of demographics, and we have identified that as a priority in our National Strategy for Tourism 2027. We have some of the best qualified doctors and nurses and modern and functional medical infrastructures that are able to serve both locals and tourists. Our healthcare system is recognized internationally for its universal character, we have thousands of hours of sunshine every year, we are in a strategic geographic location and we have 166 thousand rooms in modern and comfortable hotels.
For all these reasons, we elected “Well-Being” as an emerging asset in our strategy for 2027 and we are working on new ways to become more attractive for those who come here looking for the best treatments.