Portimão Circuit of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), will host this Friday the MotoGP World Championship
The Algarve, one of the most touristic Portuguese regions and where the Portimão circuit of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), which will host from this Friday a MotoGP event, will lose around 84 million euros in revenue due to the lack of public in the stands, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the EFE Agency, which interviewed João Fernandes, president of Turismo do Algarve, belonging to the Portuguese Ministry of Economy, the estimated revenues from the celebration of the motorcycling event will be around 6 million euros, while in public it would be 90 million.
These revenues correspond to the presence of the members of the different teams that will participate in the Moto 2, Moto 3 and MotoGP races, which will take place between tomorrow (Friday) and Sunday at the circuit of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão, with capacity to 100,000 viewers.
In general, according to Fernandes revealed to EFE, this type of evidence used to receive, when the public was allowed, 50% of Portuguese and the rest foreigners.
Most of the foreigners came from Spain, "mainly from the regions of Andalusia and Extremadura", assures the president of Turismo do Algarve.
In addition, Portimão received thousands of fans from various parts of Europe, although many did not enter the enclosure.
These too will not be able to be, since the land border of Portugal with Spain is restricted, and can only be crossed by transporting goods and cross-border workers.
This is the second consecutive year that the competition has been played without an audience, but the tourism sector sees it with optimism, as it is a consolidation of this circuit, which may lead to other editions with the presence of fans.
In addition to MotoGP, Portimão will also host, for the second consecutive year, one of the stages of the Formula 1 world championship, a race that will take place from April 30th to May 2nd.
This edition will be without an audience, unlike last year, where fans were allowed to attend, a fact that generated a strong controversy in Portugal.