As the first British tourists begin to jet off to Portugal today, they can be guaranteed an ecstatic welcome from local restauranteurs, hoteliers and residents across the country. Since last week’s announcement that tourism between the two countries was set to resume, Portugal’s hospitality and tourism industry has been working flat out to welcome Brits back to its shores. “We were all celebrating when Britain announced the green list with Portugal on it and we’re really looking forward to welcoming the British guests back!” said Chitra Stern, chief executive of Martinhal Resorts, a collection of family-friendly luxury villas and hotels. So what exactly can you expect, on your trip to Portugal this summer? Here’s everything you need to know. Will British tourists be welcomed? With bells on. Around one fifth of the Portuguese economy derives from tourism, of which visitors from the UK make up a substantial share. With only a brief window between travel restrictions this time last year, the impact of Covid on the country’s tourist industry has been brutal. It’s not just the big coastal resorts and hotel chains of the Algarve and Lisbon that are waiting arms-open for the expected flood of British visitors. Smaller destinations around the country are waiting with equal anticipation. Fernando Tinta Ferreira, mayor of Caldas da Rainha, a city on the central ‘Silver Coast’ famous for ceramics, talked of a “cherished” history of British-Portuguese friendship. “We will enthusiastically welcome everyone who wasn’t to visit our community,” he said, stressing that all health precautions will be “taken care of”.