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Maintaining the Algarve as a Safe Holiday Destination

Maintaining the Algarve as a Safe Holiday DestinationAs part of Safe Communities Portugal’s protocol with the Ministry of Internal Administration under the Local Security Contract (CLS Program), and in association with Regional Tourism Algarve and a number of other public and private entities, a series of events will be held in April in the Algarve to promote Safe Tourism.
The first of these is a seminar "Algarve, a Safe Destination", which will take place on 10th April from 15.00 to 1800 hrs, in the Auditorium of the Portimão Museum. With a key focus on communication, its aim is to promote a joint reflection on the policies, measures and actions that continue to make the region one of the safest tourist destinations in the world.

This event, which will be in Portuguese, will be attended by the Secretary of State for Internal Administration, Isabel Oneto, the president of Regional Tourism Algarve, João Fernandes; the President of the Association Safe Communities Portugal, David Thomas, of the president of the Portimão City Hall, Isilda Gomes, and representatives of entities such as the Public Security Police (PSP), the National Republican Guard (GNR) and the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV).

Following this during the Easter holidays, two awareness-raising events take place in two of the Algarve's main tourist locations: Faro airport arrival area on 15th April from 09.30 to 13.00 hrs and the "Mar Shopping" shopping centre, in Loulé on 17th April from 11.00 to 20.00 hrs. The aim of these, through direct contact with the public, is to share in a positive and relaxed way all tourist information and security advice in the Algarve. These actions are promoted by Safe Communities Portugal within the scope of a protocol with the Ministry of Internal Administration and have the participation of the RTA. These two events will be the first of their type held at these two venues.

The comprehensive perspective on security and safety issues will be discussed at the Conference on Tourism - Responding to the Effects of Climate Change and High Impact Events on 10th May from 0930 hrs to 1530 hrs at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of the Algarve, in Faro. This will be the first national conference to discuss these issues. This event will be jointly organised by Safe Communities Portugal, Regional Tourism Algarve and the National Civil Protection Authority (CDOS Faro) with the participation of various government authorities and national organisations.

Creating greater awareness in the tourism sector of the risk of high-impact events and current prevention and protection measures, sharing best practice in the sector in these areas and identifying which issues may be applied are some of the objectives of this meeting.

David Thomas President of Safe Communities Portugal stated that it is essential that we find new innovative ways of delivering safety and security awareness messages and these events reflect this.
According to David Thomas various studies undertaken have found that safety and security are key factors for people deciding a holiday destination. It is vitally important therefore that the region is prepared and that all those in the tourism industry are fully aware and engaged in helping keep the region safe”.
He added the fires in central Portugal in 2017 and in Monchique in 2018, are key reminders of the effects of climate change and these together with the experience gained overseas from high impact events such as earthquakes and tsunamis, illustrate the importance are being well prepared. We will therefore be gathering together various experts on May 10th to share their experiences, so that we learn from best practices that will benefit the Algarve region.

More details about these events can be found on the news page of www.safecommunitiesportugal.com and www.safecommunitiesalgarve.com and through our Facebook page