Compliance with health rules is considered essential to establish the confidence of tourists in the Algarve and maintain the image of a safe destination for a holiday in the context of the 19-covid pandemic, defended tourism officials yesterday, according to the Lusa agency.
"The worst that can happen to the Algarve, which has a good image of a safe destination in Europe, is that the rules are not followed and waste the time that everyone has dedicated to confinement to contain the pandemic", said, quoted by Lusa, the president of Portimão Chamber at a digital conference.
During the conference “The Algarve in the Horizon – How the next bathing season will be”, organized by Ambitur magazine, Isilda Gomes argued that the Algarve “worked hard” so that the confinement “was achieved”, having all worked “in a effective ”, which is reflected in the current figures,“ something that helps people's confidence ”.
The director of Marina de Vilamoura, Isolete Correia, reinforced the idea that “the success of everyone will depend on the behavior of each one”, arguing that it is necessary to “overcome the challenge” and classifying the «Clean & Safe» seal as a ways to captivate the confidence of those who want to visit the Algarve.
That official stressed that few companies “will not be weakened by this pandemic”, but that they also “brought together people, companies and the region” who are now “strong enough to boost the business, but adapted to the new rules”.
He also defended that it would be important to extend the period of the bathing season "beyond September", since it is a "vacation time chosen by many foreign tourists".
Hotels and restaurants also play an essential role in this recovery and this year will focus on the national market, "which has shown an increasing demand", revealed the director of the Quinta do Lago hotel, in a luxury tourism area.
Daniel do Adro said, according to Lusa, that reservations prior to the pandemic "have not been canceled", reflecting "a desire to travel", but the demand for new appointments "has been low".
The president of RTA revealed at the conference that “a promotion campaign for the internal market” is being prepared and that this may be a good opportunity for the return of Portuguese tourists who usually spend their holidays abroad.
For João Fernandes, “July and August will be the period of greatest demand” and that “will serve as a barometer for capacity and confidence” to establish national and international trips.