Tourism will be “golden again”

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 24-04-2020 01:00:00 · 5 Comments

Tourism bosses expect hotels along the coast and inland could potentially open in July to welcome guests while the Prime Minister has been offering his support to the sector that has been hit especially hard by Covid 19 and the restrictions applied to aviation and the general movement of people.

“The president of the Portuguese Hotel Association (AHP), Raul Martins, has said that most hotels could start reopening in July and that a guarantee seal is being prepared to give confidence to customers.
The Portuguese hospitality industry believes that it may start reopening in July, with some hotels possibly being able to open in June, and naturally with all the care and sanitary guarantees”, said Raul Martins after leaving a meeting with the Prime Minister, António Costa.
According to him, the hotel industry “is very dependent on aviation and aviation is very conditioned by health security, which will only exist when there is medicine or a vaccine available”, so the opening of the hotels will not be before those dates.
Raul Martins revealed that AHP is working with Turismo de Portugal and the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) to create a “health guarantee seal in hotels” to give confidence to customers.
As he explained, the objective is to assign the seal to hotels that comply with “a certain protocol” that will be then put in place to allow tourists to feel safe.
The president of AHP also said that the reopening for July should happen in relation to holiday hotels, that is, in the bathing areas, inland of the country and islands, but added that the city hotels should only start operating in September.
“Occupation levels in the hotels will always be dependent on what aviation can do, but our expectation is that it will be a zero year, if it is not negative,” said Raul Martins.
In the meeting with the Prime Minister, in addition to AHP, there were several representatives of hotel groups, including Pestana, Vila Galé, Porto Bay, Sana and Hoti.
The Prime Minister has said that the resumption of tourism, after the current Covid-19 pandemic, will depend on the confidence factor and defended that the reopening must be accompanied by “security and hygiene requirements”.
This position was conveyed by António Costa in his personal account on Twitter, after having received representatives of the Vila Galé, Porto Bay, Pestana and Sana hotel chains in São Bento, and directors of AHRESP (Association of hotels, restaurants and Portugal).
These meetings took place within the scope of the meetings that the executive’s leader started last week, which began with the institutions responsible for projections on the evolution of the Portuguese economy (National Statistics Institute, Banco de Portugal and the Public Finance Council).
“Just over a month ago tourism in Portugal was growing in double digits. The reality has changed radically and we are well aware of the enormous difficulties ahead. The sector will be one of the economic activities that will take longer to resume, as it depends on an essential factor: trust”, warned the Prime Minister.
In the process of gradual reopening of tourist establishments, according to António Costa, it is essential that “rules are created in order to ensure that all safety and hygiene requirements are met”.
“For this purpose, we met with economic operators linked to the tourism sector, namely the hotel and restaurant industry”, justified the executive’s leader.
António Costa also left a message regarding the future of this sector in Portugal.
“I send a word of hope and thanks to all who work in the tourism sector. I know that we are living in times of distress, but tourism in Portugal is going to be golden again,” wrote the Prime Minister.


We had reservations in Algarve in late April. Just wondering if Tap Airlines are still honouring our cancelled trip last March. Thank you.
Michael and Debbie Barker

By Debbie from Algarve on 03-06-2020 04:09

This year it is A LOT safer to stay in a short term rental flat where nobody else gets inside, we can cook and we can clean it our way. No way I am going to an hotel....

By Elsa from Lisbon on 25-04-2020 11:50

I love the Algarve and been visiting from England yearly for 12 years. Last year I was in the Algarve 4 times. I already reserved to be there this year in late July, Oct and Dec. As much I want to come I don't see how its possible. I doubt if Easy Jet will even fly. Its not safe.

By Maurice Franks from UK on 24-04-2020 04:54

You cannot open hotels to overseas tourists until the virus as been totally eradicated, any organisation or government dept who allows this and the virus kicks off again, they will be directly guilty for any future deaths.

By KARL BLORE from Algarve on 24-04-2020 12:45

Obviously every tourist worker hopes for a quick recovery, but we should realize that’s is not just responsible opening of hotels. Tourist ask for safe beaches, where private space is guaranteed. Also they want atmosphere, restaurants, bars,terraces, entertainment, safe transportation.Is Portugal ready to deliver all that? Tourist better not think of the medical care. Will they depend on state hospitals like the horrorhouses in Faro or Portimao? Any tourist that had experiences with those institutions, will never be back. Their next vacation will be in Spain where medical care is great! By the way, I own property in the Algarve, so I also hope for a quick recovery,but We have to be realistic and start planning for summer 2021, provides a preventive vaccin is available to the world at that time.

By Peter from Other on 24-04-2020 12:01
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