The Algarve Nature Tourism Biennial (BTNA'19) took around a thousand people a day to Aljezur, during the three days of the event, between the 22nd and the 24th of February.
Over the three days of BTNA'19, which had Sustainability as its motto, 54 knowledge workshops were held on topics related to the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Algarve, Nature Tourism Activities and Qualification, Management and Certification models.
These Offices were energized by 59 mentors, specialists in representation of 26 entities (eight associations, eight companies, five public institutes, four universities and one municipality).
According to the organization, "almost all of them were practically sold out, with about 220 participants and an average of 73 people per day for about 90 hours of workshops in six spaces simultaneously."
In all, BTNA'19 had 36 exhibiting entities, 28 companies registered and 35 meetings promoted at Espaço B2B, in addition to 38 speakers (including speakers, round tables and moderators) and close to 150 participants in the debates held.
For Aura Fraga, president of Vicentina – Association for the Development of the Southwest, responsible for the organization, the event “had a very positive balance and everyone who visited it, including tourism professionals, decision makers or certifying entities, was interested and clear objectives and left with the expectation that BTNA'19 will be repeated».
José Gonçalves, Mayor of Aljezur, also guarantees that the event "fulfilled the expectations generated" and that "there were lessons and challenges for what could become the region in the future in terms of development of the territory and sustainability".
BTNA'19, which had, at its official opening, the presence of Miguel Freitas, Secretary of State for Forests and Rural Development, among several other regional and national public decision-makers, «had a lot of excellent speakers linked to certification tools and good practices for sustainable development».
The innovative and sustainable character «has been extended to all the stands installed in the Espaço Multiusos de Aljezur, which were built from cardboard boxes and will be collected by Algar for recycling. The management of waste produced during the event also complied with the rules for adhesion to ECO Event».
The realization of BTNA'19 was made possible by co-financing CRESC Algarve and the Municipality of Aljezur and through partnerships with the Municipalities, the Algarve Tourism Region, In Loco, Terras do Baixo Guadiana, Almargem, Rota Vicentina, among several other entities.