The Pestana Group, whose origin dates back to 1972, on the occasion of the foundation of M&J Pestana - Society of Tourism of Madeira, develops its activity mainly in the Tourism sector, having also interests in the Industry and Services sector.
Today, the Pestana Group is the biggest Portuguese group in the Tourism sector, and its hotel chain PH&R – Pestana Hotels & Resorts, with about 90 units and 9470 bedrooms – is the biggest chain of Portuguese origin
The Pestana Group continues the process of mainstreaming its internationalization, having already consolidated presence in 10 countries: Portugal, England, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mozambique, South Africa, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Principe.
In 2010, as a milestone of its entry in Europe, the Group opened its first unit in London, the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa, and in May 2011 it opened the Pestana Berlin Tiergarten, in the German capital.
In 2012-2013 it is expected the opening of new International investments already announced by the Pestana Group, in addition to the investments in Portugal, in Tróia, and in the Pousadas de Cascais and Serra da Estrela. Miami, in the United States of America will be the next target, followed by Casablanca, in Morocco and Montevideo, in Uruguay. Luanda will be the first target of the group in Angola.
In the leisure field, apart from 44 hotels, the Pestana Group currently owns 12 Vacation Club resorts, 6 golf courses, three real estate tourism resorts, 2 concessions to casino gaming (Casino in Madeira and Casino in S. Tomé and Príncipe), a share in a charter airline, travel agents and a tourist operator.
Since 2003, the Pestana Group took over the management of the network of Pousadas de Portugal. Currently there are 36 Pousadas operating in Portugal and one in Brazil, the Convento do Carmo, a "Small Leading Hotel of the World."