More than 12 months without doing business is "a circumstance never before experienced and, of course, terrible"
The Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT) considers that an event like the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix without an audience will be like "two more winter months" for the sector, which has a "terrible" year.
On Thursday night, the newspaper Expresso reported that until the end of the deflationary process – which happens in stages until mid-May – the Government decided that events like Formula 1 "will not have an audience".
"In the face of these decisions – or apparent decisions that are now in the press, but that have not yet been officially confirmed to us – it will be two more winter months now in the spring, which has been making our winter last for over a year" , said the president of APAVT, Pedro Costa Ferreira, when questioned by Lusa.
And if so, he says, more than 12 months without travel agents being able to do business, given the covid-19 pandemic, it is "a circumstance never before experienced and, of course, terrible".
In the case of travel agencies, there was hope on the part of several companies to sell, specifically, Formula 1 packages to foreign customers.
APAVT expects to return to normal life in May or June
"If it is true, we hope that this further sacrifice – because it is a sacrifice with consequences – may finally mean a return to travel, tourism, around May, June, a return to life for all of us, which we really need. ", he says.
Formula 1 returned to Portugal on October 25, 2020, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, after 24 years of absence from the World Cup, following the reorganization of the calendars due to the covid-19 pandemic.