The Algarve Tourism Region (RTA) is developing the “Good Practices Manual – Algarve Clean & Safe”, a base document that gathers specific guidelines to avoid the contamination of spaces with the new coronavirus, aimed at companies in the tourism sector .
The purpose of this manual “is to present measures that enhance the safety of the destination and the confidence of tourists, sector workers and residents”.
Accommodation, catering and similar companies, marinas and marinas, beach concessions, golf courses, water parks, tourist entertainment companies, camping and motorhome parks, rent-a-car, travel agencies, among others, will receive this manual .
The RTA explains, in a note sent to the editorial offices, that this document was prepared "in partnership with the associations of the respective areas of tourist activity" and will soon be shared with local authorities, health authorities, security forces and services and licensing/supervisory entities , in a first phase, “so that the norms that these organizations will define have as a common base the knowledge and contributions of the main actors of the tourism sector”.
The recommendations in this document are a complement to the “Clean & Safe” seal, developed by Turismo de Portugal, “whose purpose is to recognize companies in the tourism sector that comply with the recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health to prevent the contamination of spaces with the new coronavirus,” adds RTA.
This initiative joins a set of actions promoted by RTA to support entrepreneurs.
Among these actions is the online clarification session, which takes place tomorrow, between 10:00 am and 11:30 am, designed together with the District Center of Faro of Social Security, on the theme “Extraordinary Measure to Support the Maintenance of Employment Contracts (Layoff) – Synopsis of the legal framework & Submission Instructions”.
In this context, the RTA Entrepreneur Support Office and the Algarve municipalities will also carry out a cycle of online clarification sessions aimed at local tourism sector entrepreneurs on the “Treasury Support Line (COVID-19) – micro-enterprises in tourism ”, made available by Turismo de Portugal and whose endowment amounts to 60 million euros.
The next sessions are scheduled for Aljezur (30 April, 10:00 am), Lagoa (4 May, 10:00 am) Faro (5th May, 10am) and Albufeira (date to be announced soon).
The RTA also highlights that it was carried out «in partnership with TOUR10, an online training action for Travel and Tourism Agencies about the Algarve as a bet destination for the Portuguese for the summer holidays. An action that had around 500 Portuguese and Spanish travel agents».