UK decision is 'atomic bomb for the whole economy' of the Algarve

75atomic bombCEAL, the Algarve Entrepreneur Confederation has said today that the UK's decision to leave Portugal off the list of safe countries to travel to is an "atomic bomb for the entire economy" of the region.

In a statement, CEAL expresses its "surprise at the inability demonstrated by the Portuguese authorities" in this process. “The varied economic sectors of the Algarve, already shaken by the losses due to Covid-19, are now suffering a death blow with the announced exclusion of English air corridors”, he adds.

For the Algarve Entrepreneur Confederation, "there is an urgent need to resume negotiations with the United Kingdom, the Portuguese Government has an obligation to defend Portuguese economic interests, by integrating Portugal into the English air corridors".

João Fernandes, president of Turismo do Algarve, reacted, right after the announcement of this decision to exclude Portugal from the list published by the United Kingdom of countries deemed safe to travel, considering it "particularly unfair".

João Soares, representative of the Portuguese Hotel Association for the Algarve, stated that this exclusion “is a serious blow to the hotel industry and to all activities that are linked to tourism”.

As for Elidérico Viegas, of the Association of Hoteliers and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), he asked for the “revocation of the measure”, considering that the Algarve is not suffering from the same consequences as those of the current outbreaks in the Lisbon area.

Moreover, PM António Costa expressed his disdain for the decision in a tweet, displaying a chart showing the low levels of coronavirus per 100,000 people in the Algarve, in comparison to the UK.

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It comes after the Portuguese foreign affairs minister branded it "absurd" that Portugal had been left off the new list despite the UK having 28 times more deaths related to coronavirus.

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) published the list of 73 countries and territories, which features popular short-haul destinations such as Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, as well as long-haul locations including Australia, Barbados, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Vietnam. But China, Portugal, Thailand, the Maldives and the US are among the notable absentees.

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+1 #16 Stuart Wood 2020-07-10 09:02
Quoting Steve:
Quoting Stuart Wood:

You and Steve certainly have plenty of energy, continually pedalling fringe theories, poorly supported dubious studies and half baked experts as well as false equivalencies to try and convince who?
It's a shame you're incapable of explaining why you disagree with these "fringe theories", instead you do the only thine you are capable of, shoot the messenger!


You should try actually addressing a comment to the articles as published instead of trotting out the same old lines for every story. I am afraid you and Steve are simply black holes for any type of reasonable discussion around science. Maybe you should work for the Trump administration, we can all see how that has worked out for them!
+1 #15 Chip 2020-07-09 12:11
Quoting Steve:
Quoting Stuart Wood:

You and Steve certainly have plenty of energy, continually pedalling fringe theories, poorly supported dubious studies and half baked experts as well as false equivalencies to try and convince who?
It's a shame you're incapable of explaining why you disagree with these "fringe theories", instead you do the only thine you are capable of, shoot the messenger!


Perhaps he should just wear his mask and shut up, eh Steve?
-1 #14 Chip 2020-07-09 12:09
Quoting Steve:
If you take the working population including children and work out statistically what are you more likely to die of, Covid or everyday life events like accidents or a non infectious disease? The answer will be surprising for many. But we don't want to bore with facts, just wear your mask and shut up!

That says everything about your strength of argument and your contempt for others. Responding with insults.
+2 #13 David 2020-07-09 10:09
77th Brigade/Integrity Initiative would like us to stop questioning and comp!y.
-1 #12 Steve 2020-07-09 08:37
Quoting Stuart Wood:

You and Steve certainly have plenty of energy, continually pedalling fringe theories, poorly supported dubious studies and half baked experts as well as false equivalencies to try and convince who?
It's a shame you're incapable of explaining why you disagree with these "fringe theories", instead you do the only thine you are capable of, shoot the messenger!
-2 #11 Stuart Wood 2020-07-08 17:02
Quoting David:
The safety question is an illusion based on fake tests and correspondingly meaningless cases. How many are dying from flu like disease? All the figures show the epidemic is long since over, but still the madness continues.


You and Steve certainly have plenty of energy, continually pedalling fringe theories, poorly supported dubious studies and half baked experts as well as false equivalencies to try and convince who? The die has been cast and the way forward established, like it or not. The aim should be to support the measures and not drive dissent, be a good citizen! Costa should stop whining and move on, things may change in the short term but one thing we know for sure is that the Algarve will be a Zoo next year. Somehow, I don't think that one bad summer is going to cause the Algarve to break away and sink into the sea
-3 #10 Steve 2020-07-08 13:44
Quoting David:
The safety question is an illusion...
If you take the working population including children and work out statistically what are you more likely to die of, Covid or everyday life events like accidents or a non infectious disease? The answer will be surprising for many. But we don't want to bore with facts, just wear your mask and shut up!
-5 #9 Chip 2020-07-08 13:42
Considering the events now reported from Albufeira, the UK is right to deter visitors from Portugal.
+1 #8 David 2020-07-08 13:02
The safety question is an illusion based on fake tests and correspondingly meaningless cases. How many are dying from flu like disease? All the figures show the epidemic is long since over, but still the madness continues.
-2 #7 Steve 2020-07-07 14:20
Unlike this virus, the impact and consequences of a devastated economy on people's health will not only affect old and sick people, it will affect all group ages especially children.

Safety vs Economy? Can we sacrifice one for the other?

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