While lockdown measures have eased in Portugal, the Algarve, as a region hugely dependent on tourism, will continue to suffer greatly while travel is not normalised.

With this in mind, the “Buy now, Enjoy Later” initiative has been launched by My Guide Network, who via their global website platform will be encouraging their users, both locally and globally, to purchase a voucher for the services of a business that they wish to support. The aim is to support local businesses by generating some revenue for them now, while allowing locals and travellers whovisit the Algarve time after time, to extend a helping hand to their restaurant or bar of choice, their favourite boat tour or activity.

“Our Buy Now, Enjoy Later vouchers allow users that visit www.myguidealgarve.com to buy vouchers for local businesses. Valid for up to 18 months from date of purchase, they can use their vouchers as payment or part payment of their bill.” explains Fiona Butler, Managing Director of My Guide Algarve.

She goes on to add “Payments will be made directly to the businesses with no commission or fee charged by My Guide Algarve and there are no costs to join the platform which can be done in a few easy steps. We have invested our time and resources to build the technical platform. It’s our way to pay it forward to all the companies that have worked with us over the years and open the doors to those that perhaps didn’t know us until now. My Guide Algarve is a local business, so we know very well the seasonal nature of business here and we understand the difficulties businesses are currently facing”.

“Local businesses are vital to our community and enrich the experiences of those who visit the Algarve. Many who visit have emotional ties to the area – people fall in love here, get married here, bring their children to visit and retire here. They want to help, and the “Buy Now, Enjoy Later” vouchers allows them to do that. We urge all those, locals and visitors, national and international, who love the Algarve and its wonderful food, restaurants, experiences and services to support their favourite places by purchasing vouchers”.