Calls to vaccinate Algarve as tourists arrive

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Algarve, Business, COVID-19, Tourism · 16-05-2021 20:00:00 · 4 Comments

The Hotel Industry Association of Portugal (AHP), has defended the priority vaccination of tourism professionals and the entire population of the Algarve, as the main national tourist destination, whose economy largely depends on that activity.

"The Hotel Industry Association of Portugal (AHP) considers that the Algarve region, the main national tourist destination whose economy largely depends on the activity, should have priority in the vaccination plan for Covid-19," the association said in a statement, adding that the "proposal is not limited to tourism professionals, but the entire population."

The AHP believes that the Algarve region needs a rapid resumption of tourism activity, on which its economy heavily depends, in order to ensure the maintenance of businesses and jobs, and for this, they presented to the 'task force' of the vaccination plan against Covid-19 the proposal for priority vaccination for the inhabitants and workers of that geography.

The association recalls that the Algarve accounts for around 33 percent of overnight stays by foreigners in Portugal, with overall income exceeding 1,200 million Euros (data from the National Statistics Institute for 2019).

"The progress in the vaccination of residents and tourism professionals in the Portuguese region most visited by nationals and internationals will surely have a positive impact on demand, allowing to accelerate the recovery of the activity and economy of the region, which is fundamentally based on tourism: there are thousands of companies and jobs that depend on it," considered, in the same note, the president of AHP, Raul Martins.

Madeira recently began the process of vaccinating tourism professionals, which should be completed by the end of this month, similarly to other destinations such as Greece and Mauritius, which have defined these professionals as a priority, AHP points out.

"Our proposal goes further, because, as the main tourist region of the country, especially in summer, it is important to ensure the safety and protection of the entire population as soon as possible, on the one hand, and affirm the Algarve before the competition with other destinations, which is fierce, as a safe destination," Raul Martins stressed.

The AHP is therefore calling for the reinforcement and acceleration of vaccination in that part of the country where around 400,000 people live and whose process, it says, is relatively more delayed than in the rest of the country.

According to Eurostat data released in April, the Algarve was the Portuguese region with the highest unemployment rate in 2020, reaching 8.4 percent, followed by Madeira and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

AHP also refers to data from the Observatory of Inequalities, which recently published the study "Unemployment in 2020 - Impacts of the Pandemic, Mappings and Reflections", which concluded that "the Algarve is the region of the country where the pandemic is having an absolutely disproportionate impact, largely explained by the fact that the region is very dependent on tourism, with particular emphasis on the municipality of Albufeira".



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The "indian variant" is a myth, like so many other things... India has not had any epidemic comparable with even the smallest ones in Europe when you note the population size of India.

By K. Lehto from Other on 20-05-2021 12:51

So the AHP whose previous boss accused the trade of buying their so called travel awards,now slaps this statement out

"AHP also refers to data from the Observatory of Inequalities, which recently published the study "Unemployment in 2020 - Impacts of the Pandemic, Mappings and Reflections", which concluded that "the Algarve is the region of the country where the pandemic is having an absolutely disproportionate impact, largely explained by the fact that the region is very dependent on tourism, with particular emphasis on the municipality of Albufeira"


What they fail to mention is these jobs are seasonal and for six months of the year mpost of these workers are claiming unemployment benefit.

They also fail to mention they pay minimum wages.

So please explain,who,apart from the greedy hotels and their association,actually benefits here?

The AHP is putting the resident population at great risk as they have mostly not been vaccinated

By James from Algarve on 18-05-2021 02:42

Good proposal.
But very late. The invasion starts today !

You should have thougth if this.
And vaccin certificate. Before open up för mass invasion.

By Gustav from Algarve on 17-05-2021 04:24

This is playing Russian Roulette with the resident population of Portugal to appease the greedy slave labour salary paying hoteliers.

The country has still got low levels of vaccinations into it's population

The Indian variant is 50% more contagious than any of the others and is already in Portugal.

There are too many unknowns to be opening the flood gates to mass tourism.


God help us all in a couple of months time.

Greed has taken over the protection of the population and if the virus runs out of control those that have pressed for opening the flood gates should be made to pay compensation to anyone that loses family or friends to covid as a result of their dangerous actions.

By James from Algarve on 16-05-2021 10:10
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