The Algarve, according to a news item from the Lusa agency published today, citing the president of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), should register an occupation of 30% for the summer of 2020, something that “had never been experienced before. ”In the region, said the official.
Pedro Costa Ferreira during a digital conference, stated: “Any dialogue you have with travel agents and hoteliers in the Algarve, if we think about June, July, August and September, we will be talking, at best, about occupation or business level 30% ”estimated.
Noting that the figure reveals “a 70% drop” in turnover in the Algarve, as a result of the covid-29 pandemic, Pedro Costa Ferreira “stressed that it was something that had never been experienced as a company or region”, but , even so, “much better than the outlook for April”.
The president of APAVT, according to the Lusa agency, was speaking during the digital conference “Algarve no Horizonte – How will the next bathing season be”, organized by Ambitur magazine and which brought together several public and private entities with the aim of debating how the destination would is preparing for the bathing season in the context of the pandemic.
That official defended that this is a different crisis from the others, since “it is a disruption of supply and demand” and that “it will affect the region of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve much more”, compared to other areas of the country, writes Lusa .
Algarve "has to survive the crisis"
In the specific case of the Algarve, as it is “the region that most depends on tourism and international air bridges”, stressed the president of APAVT.
“The big challenge will be to maintain a reference structure for the Algarve's hotel and entertainment offer”, he suggested, emphasizing that the Algarve “has to survive the crisis”.
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With the beginning of the lack of definition and the arrival of the first international flights to the Algarve region, the president of APAVT underlined that the first steps “are essential to increase confidence and generate an increase in demand”.
Practically consensual among conference participants is the Algarve's dependence on "national tourists" for the summer ahead, but, for Pedro Costa Ferreira, "travel agencies are also dependent on Portugal".
The "lack of international mobility" and some "insecurity of national tourists" will make it more difficult what, for some, are the usual holidays outside the country and "this added value must be used by the Algarve", he stressed.
Defending the need to guarantee the fulfillment of the indications given by the health entities, the president of APAVT warned that "the rules must be complied with, but they must allow the enjoyment of the space".
According to Lusa, Pedro Costa Ferreira also emphasized the “great dependence on Faro airport for summer travel” and that the weakening of some post-crisis airlines “may prove to be a problem”.
The digital conference also included João Fernandes, president of RTA, Isilda Gomes, mayor of Portimão, Daniel do Adro, general director of Hotel Quinta do Lago and Isolete Correia, director of Vilamoura Marina.
Until June 14, Portugal is in a calamity situation due to the pandemic.
Since May 18, some businesses have reopened, with the opening of the bathing season scheduled for June 6.