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The Connections platform offers an evolving international network of travel professionals the opportunity to meet and develop business relationships through memorable experiences. Events focus on sectors including luxury, wellness, meetings and weddings, with the inaugural Connections Adventure event taking place in Slovenia in 2018.

Connections Adventure 2019 will welcome up to 80 selected decision-makers who will enjoy a variety of local, authentic experiences including nature walks, trekking to the King’s View Lookout, a whale watching boat trip and a tour of the tea plantation at Plantações de Chá Gorreana. The programme will also include an educational element tailored towards trends and challenges facing the market, with attendees also enjoying inspirational talks from pioneers in adventure travel.

António Padeira, director of Turismo de Portugal, said: “This is a very exciting event for Portugal as it is providing us with a unique opportunity to showcase our country as a stand-out luxury adventure destination. “Working in collaboration with Connections will open up a wealth of opportunities for us in adventure tourism as, until now, the Azores remains something of a hidden gem.”

Micaela Giacobbe, founder of Connections, added: “Home to some of the country’s greatest natural wonders, including crater lakes, steaming volcanic waters and dramatic landscapes, the Azores is a destination that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of adventure. “We can’t wait to invite all of our valued buyers and suppliers to this event where they will be able to forge life-long business relationships over unforgettable experiences.”