Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me

Create an account

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
Name *
Username *
Password *
Verify password *
Email *
Verify email *
Captcha *

Latest News

‘Irresponsible people must not ruin everything’ defends Algarve council head, warning of 2nd lockdown

‘Irresponsible people must not ruin everything’ defends Algarve council head, warning of 2nd lockdown

During the press conference of the District Civil Protection Commission, which took place this morning in Loulé,...

Algarve beach season begins tomorrow with ‘safety and quality’- what changes?

Algarve beach season begins tomorrow with ‘safety and quality’- what changes?

Going to the beach is regarded as a moment of relaxation, but as of this Saturday, when...

Brit tabloid under fire from Portuguese press for ‘distorting epidemiological reality’

Brit tabloid under fire from Portuguese press for ‘distorting epidemiological reality’

With summer at the door, vacations are among the topics that most arouse interest for those who...

‘Airports ready to resume traffic from the 15th of June’, guarantees Costa

‘Airports ready to resume traffic from the 15th of June’, guarantees Costa

Portuguese airports will be ready to resume air traffic, with some degree of normality, starting on June...

Spanish government announces reopening of border with Portugal (without telling Lisbon)

Spanish government announces reopening of border with Portugal (without telling Lisbon)

Spain was forced into a U-turn yesterday after announcing that its borders with Portugal and France were...

Madeleine McCann: German prisoner identified as new suspect in disappearance

Madeleine McCann: German prisoner identified as new suspect in disappearance

A 43-year-old German prisoner who travelled around Portugal in a camper van is now the focus of...

Algarve tourism experts predict 30% occupancy over this summer

Algarve tourism experts predict 30% occupancy over this summer

"Any dialogue you have with travel agents and hoteliers in the Algarve, if we think about June,...

Loulé Council shoots down Vilamoura lake city mega-project

Loulé Council shoots down Vilamoura lake city mega-project

The Environmental Impact Study of the lake city mega-project in Vilamoura has received an "unfavorable opinion" by...

Latest Features

5 mistakes that are killing your Google Ads performance

5 mistakes that are killing your Google Ads performance

Google Ads is not the easiest platform to use, especially if you are a beginner. There are plenty of settings and options. And though...

Algarve voted best holiday destination this summer by travel experts

Algarve voted best holiday destination this summer by travel experts

A panel of travel experts at Clickstay.com has voted the Algarve as the best destination for British tourists this summer. 52% of the...

Is time running out for tax-free pension transfers?

Is time running out for tax-free pension transfers?

Understandably during this global health emergency, normal life has been paused while priorities have shifted. With all that’s been going on, it is easy...

Art and Photography news from the Algarve - June 2020

Art and Photography news from the Algarve - June 2020

Welcome to our June 2020 Newsletter. Another month has passed and things seem a little brighter here on the Algarve now. CLICK...

Gale's Virtual Westminster View – May 2020

Gale's Virtual Westminster View – May 2020

May. Too many Cummings but no Goings. Thousands wait for package holiday refunds as the travel industry goes into meltdown. The Home Office does...

Studio Bongard are relocating after 22 years!

Studio Bongard are relocating after 22 years!

It is with a little sadness that at the end of June this year Tara and Sylvain Bongard will leave their studio space of...

AlgarvePLUS Magazine - June 2020

AlgarvePLUS Magazine - June 2020

Welcome to the June issue of AlgarvePLUS magazine. The hazy summer days are here, with just a bit more freedom than in previous months....

How an ESA Provides the Comfort and Companionship You Need

How an ESA Provides the Comfort and Companionship You Need

A stressful lifestyle or an innate condition can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, and even suicidal thoughts. Naturally, this can significantly...

Euro surges on EU’s Next Generation plan optimism

Euro surges on EU’s Next Generation plan optimism

Staying on top of the latest currency news can help you time your transfers more effectively, so find out what you should be looking...

Algarve Archaeological Association on hold for the Summer

Algarve Archaeological Association on hold for the Summer

The AAA lecture which was due to be held on Tuesday 2nd June has been cancelled due to the current situation with the Coronavirus....

Oil in the Algarve - tourism chief says "good sense will prevail"

autodromehotel2The new Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, has been in the Algarve again, this time to meet business associations in order to gather input for a strategy to "combat seasonality" in the region.

Ana Mendes Godinho said she today met the six major Algarve business associations, as she wanted to "gauge the position of these associations and establish networking" to allow everyone to "identify specific actions to reduce seasonality in the region."

The Secretary of State gave examples of those actions needed to promote the uptake of new routes or to create new tourism products that enable the region to increase the number of out-of-summer visitors. She was asked when her work would produce an intervention programme, the response that "work is ongoing" and that she hopes to implement some of the measures later this year.

Ana Mendes Godinho seems already to have developed the politician’s skill of saying lots of lovely sounding words which mean very little. 

She "needs the Algarve tourist destination to continue to innovate and renew itself" in order to be able to "seize the opportunity" and attract tourists who are coming here due to instability in other areas of the world.

Interestingly, Godinho visited the Algarve International Autodrome and kart track, where she was shown an uncompleted five-star hotel.

"We were able to visit the site of the new hotel which is to be opened at the Autodrômo Internacional do Algarve, which will be the first five-star hotel in Portimão to emerge in the last 47 years. This is a sign of renewal and innovation of the Algarve destination, which should grab the opportunity that is emerging with the international demand for holidays," she said.

The hotel was to be managed by Pestana in a partnership announced last year with Autodrome company Parkalgar, with an opening date of "the second half of 2015" but remains closed and the adjoining Vista de Falcao and Vista das Ondas apartments unsold and unlet with ripped-off investors still not dealt with.

An e-mail enquiry to Parkalgar's chief executive Paulo Pinheiro, asking when the hotel will open and what happened to the Pestana deal, remains unanswered.

Either Sra Godinho is blissfully unaware of the financial history of the Autodrome, or chose to include it in her tour to give the site some much needed publicity.

Now subsidised by the taxpayer, the loss-making Autodrome is operating under a revitalisation programme that left 288 suppliers financially disadvantaged and the State company Portugal Capital Ventures stepping in to lease the track and run events at a risk to the taxpayer. 

At a later ceremony to award medals to tourist people and companies*, the president of the Algarve Regional Tourism board, Desidério Silva, today said he did not want to talk much about oil exploration in the Algarve.

Silva did say said that he was certain that "good sense will prevail" and already he has spoken to Ana Mendes Godinho about oil and gas and was sure that “nothing would happen that would jeopardize tourism which is vital to the region's economy and to the country.”

The tourism chief, scanning the horizon for flying pigs, said in an interview with Sul Informação that he was optimistic, "I believe in this, as in the railway, the tolls, the port of Portimão and VAT for restaurants, that positive factors will emerge, because otherwise many people will be disappointed."

"I want to believe this, because I trust in the Secretary of State for Tourism and I have spoken with her several times since she took office. We have had the opportunity to talk about the problems already diagnosed and in which we want to intervene," added Silva.

Ana Mendes Godinho had enough sense to not mention oil and gas exploration as the Prime Minister already has said that the current exploration programme will go ahead as the contracts already have been signed with the oil companies.

The PM seems able to tear up the TAP sale contract but not those with the oil companies.

 

______________________________

*The Algarve’s regional tourism authority decided to make awards to 16 people and companies working in the sector.

Gold medals were awarded to: Christopher Stilwell; Universidade do Algarve; APAVT; Vila Joya; Vilamoura Marina, Dom José Hotel, Luis Correia da Silva, Vítor Neto, Chef Henrique Leandro, the Mediterranean Diet, Vasco da Gama Hotel, Mário Valente, Safe Communities Algarve, Hotel Algarve Casino, Hotel Pestana Alvor and Penina Hotel and Golf all of which received medals for Mérito Turístico.

In addition to these awards, diplomas of merit were handed out to former tourist board presidents for their sterling work in past years. Large trebles all round!

For the Pestana/Parkalgar deal announcement, see  -

http://www.algarvedailynews.com/news/5899-pestana-to-manage-the-autodrome-s-luxury-hotel-and-apartments

Pin It

Comments  

-3 #3 Laurinda Seabra 2016-01-24 06:02
Not surprised by the non-anti oil political speak of Desiderito Silva ... takes me to a few encounters I had with him on this issue - always playing the political keep-sacking of doing what's good for his political career not necessarily what's good for the Algarve.

A BIG VOTE OF NON-CONFIDENCE ...
+1 #2 Peter Booker 2016-01-20 06:58
"I believe in this, as in the railway, the tolls, the port of Portimão and VAT for restaurants, that positive factors will emerge, because otherwise many people will be disappointed."

The same could be said about those who believe in Santa Claus, as I suspect Desidério does. He does nothing to raise levels of confidence, does he?
-1 #1 dw 2016-01-20 00:16
"The PM seems able to tear up the TAP sale contract but not those with the oil companies."

Gives a clue as to where the real power lies.

You must be a registered user to make comments.
Please register here to post your comments.

Property

Coronavirus Impact on the Algarve Housing Market

Coronavirus Impact on the Algarve Housing Market

Many people are wondering what has happened to the housing market in the Algarve during these extraordinary times effecting the...

Surge in user traffic from European countries suggests interest for holiday making, according to Imovirtual

Surge in user traffic from European countries suggests interest for holiday making, according to Imovirtual

Portugal started to ease lockdown measures from Monday 4th May with a three phase plan to reopen the country’s economy....

Fine & Country Get Back To Business (not quite) As Usual

Fine & Country Get Back To Business (not quite) As Usual

Portugal has begun a partial relaxation of lockdown regulations from Monday May 4th, with many businesses allowed to return to...

Exclusive Algarve Villas - April 2020 Newsletter

Exclusive Algarve Villas - April 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our April newsletter! With businesses in lock down (locally we’re now at 2 months), we can see some...

What's Happening?

West Coast Car Boot Sale Set to Return In July

West Coast Car Boot Sale Set to Return In July

The West Coast Car Boot Sale, normally held on the first Sunday of each month, will not be taking place in June. Hopefully it will be able to start again...

Latest Classifieds

We are direct providers of Fresh Cut BG, SBLC and MTN
(Services / Offered)

We are direct providers of Fresh Cut BG, SBLC and MTN

Seat Ibiza Station A/C
(Vehicles / Cars)

Seat Ibiza Station A/C

ERRANDS & SERVICES
(Services / Offered)

noimage

Minivan
(Vehicles / Other)

Minivan

Subscribe

Want to be kept up to date? Subscribe to our regular E-Newsletter here.
* Please use a valid email address, as a confirmation email will be sent.