The Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) today welcomed the realization of the great prizes of Formula 1 and Moto GP in the Algarve, considering “important to guarantee its continuity in the coming years”.
"The Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Moto GP Grand Prix are part of a set of half a dozen anchor events that the Algarve needs to overcome its greatest weakness – seasonality", stressed AHETA, in a statement.
Held in periods of lower demand, the association continues, events of this nature "generate important tourist flows for the region, also functioning as privileged means of promoting and promoting tourism, given its high international media coverage".
After the F1 GP, the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in the municipality of Portimão, will host, on November 22, the MotoGP GP, with the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira.
For AHETA, “it makes sense for the competent entities, namely the government, to develop actions aimed at guaranteeing their continuity in the following years”, especially since the Algarve has infrastructures and equipment capable of responding effectively to the demand demands in this matter .
"The impact on the regional and national economy and the multiplier effect on the life and society of the places and regions where the tests take place is enormous, reaching 5/6 times the investment costs", estimate the entrepreneurs.
In this sense, AHETA calls on the government to, "in a concerted manner with the responsible regional and national entities", develop the efforts and actions necessary to ensure the permanence of the two events in the years to come.