While tourists are shying away from Portugal because of political unrest in the country they are flocking to Madeira and boosting the island's economy enormously.
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Background: While tourists are shying away from Portugal because of political unrest in the country they are flocking to Madeira and boosting the island's economy enormously.
In the past 18 months Madeira -- set in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of west Africa -- has experienced a boom in tourism.
While hotels on the mainland of Portugal are virtually deserted those in Madeira, particularly luxury hotels, are bustling with tourists.
Another source of income for developing the island comes from native Madeiras who have emigrated to counties such as Venezuela, Brazil and South Africa and who have sent back money to invest in property in their homeland.
Although investment has declined since the 1974 coup in Portugal the island's administration is trying to encourage expatriates to return to banking on the island and investing even more in the development of tourism.
To cope with the increased influx of visitors, more hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions have been built -- but despite the modern facade Madeira now presents, its inhabitants are strongly individualistic and like to preserve their identity as Madeiras rather than Portuguese.