“Portugal ended the year 2022 with 22,000 million euros, which is absolutely extraordinary because, in one year, we not only managed to recover what we did in 2019, but also surpassed the results by another 20 percent”, said the minister.
Speaking at the closing session of the inauguration of the new School of Hospitality and Tourism (EHTP) in the Algarve municipality of Portimão, the official recalled that tourism, “one of the engines of development of the country’s economy, was highly affected by the pandemic, almost paralyzed for two years, leading to a great demotivation” of economic agents.
“There were many people who said that to recover the numbers of 2019 it would take three, four or five years, but we managed to recover during the last year alone”, he underlined.
António Costa Silva stated that for Portugal to “achieve one of the goals of being the most sustainable destination in the world, one of the highest quality, “it is necessary to work together, developing collaborative networks”.
“If we build these platforms, if we have clear intentions, we can transform the lives of our communities, create wealth and align the country with the future”, he said.
He added: “there is still prejudice in the country in relation to tourism”, a sector that, he recalled, “is undoubtedly one of the fundamental pillars of our economic development”.
“We, at the Ministry of Economy, have a very clear vision about tourism: tourism is a tool to develop the country from north to south, including the autonomous regions [of Madeira and the Azores]”, he noted.
In the same sense, he added, that tourism "is present throughout the national space and it is transversal, it mobilizes multiple sectors of the economy, from construction to transport, to a whole set of industries".
“If we use this tool [tourism] in its proper sense, it is absolutely transformative”, he reinforced.
He will not be satisfied untill he has filled Portugal with more unsafery tourist's. !!!!!!!!!
By J from Lisbon on 24 Jan 2023, 16:09
With such a 'windfall' perhaps those low paid hard working people who make the sector work and who have had an especially busy/hard time this past year deserve a decent pay rise or bonus.
By N B from UK on 24 Jan 2023, 16:32
Is it 22 billion as stated in headline or 22 million as stated in copy?
By Daniel from UK on 24 Jan 2023, 18:34
It´s not like the money will be used to solve all other sectors´ problems…it will be reinvested back into Tourism´s megalomaniac projects, as usual.
By guida from Lisbon on 25 Jan 2023, 05:26
Using the low paid tourism sector's workforce ( mainly the economic immigrants) Portugal is generating huge profit but the policy makers never care about the quality of life of those low paid workers.
By Alan from Lisbon on 25 Jan 2023, 18:25