The tourism industry is expected to grow compared to 2020, but there is still a long way to go compared to the level of 2019, and the internal market will be the driving force.
The Portuguese Tourism Federation and the Portuguese Hotel Association revised their expectations for the growth of tourists, removing Portugal from the “green list” for travel to the UK, but believe that the summer of 2020 is better than 2020.
“At this stage, it is difficult to make predictions. We have some positive expectations, but the decision of the British government to remove Portugal from the’green list’ changed all our views on the summer”, the chairman said. Written response from Francisco Calheiros of the Portuguese Tourism Federation (CTP) to Lusa.
The UK’s decision to exclude Portugal from the tourism “green list” on June 3 immediately drew criticism from the tourism industry, which is preparing to increase bookings and demand for British tourists after this. On the 17th, the British government made the opposite decision and opened up travel to Portugal.
Now, “in recent weeks, as the arrival of British tourists has begun to recover, our main market has suddenly been interrupted for at least three weeks. The impact on bookings, especially in the Algarve, will be huge as the company is preparing to increase Supply and human resources to increase tourism demand”, Francisco Calheiros explained.
Even so, the official who did not disclose the number said that he believes Portugal “will have a better summer than 2020”, but the number “is still far from the 2019 figure.”
With a different view, after the decision was made in the UK, the Association of Hotels in Portugal (AHP) also left, as the executive vice president Cristina Siza Vieira explained to Lusa, but did not give Figure out.
“Considering the uncertainty we are in, with the exception of Lisbon, Porto and Alentejo, the occupancy rate in May was actually higher than expected in some areas of the country. In the Algarve, the influx in May was mainly Tourists from the United Kingdom, because the United Kingdom is open to Portugal (I remember we are on the “green list” of destinations, which means convenient travel). The British government has changed profoundly that cancellations are recorded from the beginning, and the booking speed is straight Down,” the official said.
Therefore, the person in charge of AHP said, “Before making this decision, obviously”, they “have more confidence in the summer.”
“At present, we are pinning our hopes on the domestic market (2020 is the support of the summer) and the opening of the European market. There is no doubt that the desire to travel and research in Portugal exists, but all the conditions must be because tourists can have no quarantine Travel under restricted circumstances and define standards and tests,” he concluded.
A few days after the announcement by the British government, on June 6, the president of Turismo do Algarve told Lusa that Portugal had left the “green list” of British travel, resulting in a “peak” of approximately 10,000 departures at Faro Airport on Saturday 5 .
“yesterday [sábado] There were about 10,000 British passengers leaving in a concentrated manner, but interestingly, during the same period, 2,500 passengers arrived. Therefore, despite British regulations, there are still British people coming to the Algarve,” Joao Fernandez told Lusa News Agency.
Joao Fernandez explained that the passengers, “many of them are British”, were forced to “expect them to return to the country by Tuesday [dia 8]”Therefore, due to the measures taken by the British government on all passengers arriving in the UK from Portugal, during this period, the obligation to conduct a 10-day quarantine and two tests for covid-19 is exempted.