Most tourist accommodation and restaurants closed

in News · 06-04-2020 11:16:00 · 7 Comments

75% of Portugal’s tourist accommodation and food and beverage companies are closed and 1/3rd of them were unable to pay salaries last month.

These are some of the conclusions of the survey carried out by the Portuguese Hotel and Restaurant Association AHRESP.

The same survey found that about half of the companies will move to lay-off and that, of these, 70% say they cannot pay wages in April if Social Security does not provide support in time.


Governments have to start helping out the back bone of the Portuguese economy.
Why can they not be structured in their measures.
Banks who have existing clients both with business and mortgages should have the red tape cut and give them the loan needed for restaurants and feeezs of morgage should have been made done immediately. Owners have to be paid by the Government because we don’t have an income the employees cannot get paid. No the government is so hung on paying the employees first but does not stop to think from where is the money coming from. We owners have family too and bigger bills to pay. If I don’t have money to pay this month take me to jail. The government must never forget that they created this .

By Sanya Andreassen from Lisbon on 12-04-2020 10:25

I don’t think it’s a bad thing, hope the mafia loses loads of money and we go to an economy that is free!!! These idiots buying second properties on french cheap euros I hope they collapse, who in there right mind would buy a new house in Portugal or Spain with a life span of 30 years!!!! Save your cash and wait for the crash I can’t wait, European loans or projects hardly ever go to foreigners all robbing Portuguese mafia!!! Stop the rot estado come on!!!!

By Linda dolan from Beiras on 07-04-2020 01:40

My Husband was working with in aGuest house short staying hostel for tourist. That was closed last 14th March due to pendamic and he has not paid any salary by his employer. We are four people living in a small rented house.we have no other means of income.the salary was only sourse of survival .we will almost nearly face a challenge of survival .
Please help us and guide us what to do?

By Mehbooba Jan from Lisbon on 07-04-2020 11:02

So sad that this pandemic has caused such disruption and the closure of hotels, bars and restaurants with the loss of jobs and much needed wages. Hopefully we can all return to some normality asap. We can't wait to return to Albufeira as Ireland is too cold. Hotels will need to offer good deals especially for long term stays as people will be obviously scared to travel for some time to come. Keep encouraging everyone with your blog to soldier on and we'll beat this virus.

By John Lyons from Other on 07-04-2020 09:10

Be safe all love you're country all the best Ireland xx

By Carmel forsyth from Other on 06-04-2020 08:33

You should complain to those who compounded the pandemic into something much worse by allowing them to put all the eggs in the tourism basket! Over the years the local industry, resouces and the patrimony have been depleted of national content or sold, moved and exported elsewhere to take advantage of easy funds or cheaper labour! Now Portugal like many other countries are paying and don't even have the capacity to produce trivial and simple things such as personal protective equipment, ventilators, desinfectants or test kits to properly respond to the pandemic!

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 06-04-2020 05:06

Please stop crying PM about solidarity and ethics in the North. Maybe you should make some savings in your bureaucrazy. This is free consulting.
Of course this crisis is awful for many people, but please use your authority in a ethic way.

By Rui from Lisbon on 06-04-2020 11:27
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