In a statement sent to the Lusa, the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, in the district of Castelo Branco, said that the Hotel Idanha Natura was acquired by Grupo Vitálitas.

“The investment is in the order of €1.3 to €1.6 million and includes the acquisition and rehabilitation of the hotel unit, giving it new functions and social responses”.

In the first phase, this project will create 64 beds and 30 jobs.

At the moment, after acquiring the building, the next step is to proceed with its rehabilitation in the coming months, while the licensing process for senior residence is under way with the competent authorities.

In a second phase, the unit aims to reach 80 beds and also have T0 or T1 apartments for elderly couples.

“The investment being made by Grupo Vitálitas is very positive for the entire region. This is a bet on the future of the municipality that guarantees more quality social responses and promotes job creation”, underlined the mayor of Idanha-a-Nova, Armindo Jacinto.

The mayor also stressed that the municipality “has always sought to be on the side of investors, in order to help carry out investments of great importance for the populations”.

Cited in the document, Hélder Gomes, one of those responsible for the investment group, said that “the option has always been to respond to the needs of the elderly in the interior of the country”.

“We live in the interior and, therefore, despite invitations to develop the activity on the coast, we believe that the people of the interior also deserve a differentiated, quality and accessible response to meet their needs”, he concluded.