On March 22, the first meeting of the network of partners of the Lagos Nautical Station, which counted on the participation of more than 70 partners between companies, official and private entities.
This meeting counted on the interventions of the mayor, Hugo Pereira, the coordinator of the Network of Nautical Stations of Portugal, António José Correia and the project manager of the Lagos Nautical Station, Rui Calado. The president of the Algarve Tourism Region, João Fernandes and the regional director of the IPDJ, as well as the president of AHETA, took the opportunity to address the theme of the importance of these seasons for the economy and tourism of the Algarve.
Lagos, as a way to get out stronger and more dynamic from the pandemic state, constitutes itself as Nautical Station and confidently awaits certification by the evaluation committee of the Ocean Forum and their integration into the Network of Nautical Stations of Portugal, currently constituted by 24 stations. «Nautical Stations are characterized by being networks of quality nautical tourist offer, which include accommodation, restaurants, nautical activities and relevant services for the attraction of tourists and other users, adding value and creating diversified and integrated experiences», as described by Lacobrigense executive.
Through the constitution of the Lagos Nautical Station, the municipality intends to "diversify the tourist offer, combat seasonality and jointly promote tourism products at national and international level". This aggregating and collaborative project brings together several partners, national, regional and municipal stakeholders with direct or indirect relationship with the sea, nautical and tourism sectors, who, of their own free will, decided to integrate the network of partners and the Lagos Nautical Station Council, already with more than 80 partners involved and ten ambassadors that take the name of Lagos around the world.
«In Lagos, the sea is a strategic vocation for the municipality and the city, due to the historical weight of the discoveries and their heritage. The municipality has favorable conditions for the development of nautical and sports tourism in general, particularly in terms of internships and major events. The mild temperatures and the frame of the Bay of Lagos are natural characteristics for the practice of sports and leisure activities in the aquatic environment along the more than 17 km of coastline. The natural spaces in the interior, such as the National Forest of Barão de São João and the Bravura dam, constitute a potential to be explored in the context of sports and leisure activities ”, concludes the Lacobrigense Chamber.