AHRESP says that Summer was far from 2019 and defends support measures

Announcement was made today by AHRESP in their daily newsletter

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The Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Similar Services of Portugal (AHRESP) considers that, despite the improvements, the summer of 2021 will have been "quite far from the level of activity of 2019" and defends measures to support hotel and restaurant companies affected by strong billing breaks.

«Although there is some feeling of improvement in demand and consumption in catering, similar and tourist accommodation establishments, as a result of the alleviation of the restriction measures applied in Portugal and in the main source markets [due to the Covid-19 pandemic], it will be it is also to be expected that this summer's balance is quite far from the level of activity in 2019», said today, 22 September, AHRESP in its daily bulletin.

The Portuguese Hotel, Catering and Similar Association stated that catering and hotel companies continue to be in a difficult situation, which is why it argues that it is necessary to «maintain or reactivate support for companies», affected by «more than a year and a half of losses drastic billing”.

AHRESP said it expects the situation to be «finally overcome in the year 2022», but also considered that this is an optimistic perspective and that the most realistic scenarios point to recovery only in 2023 or 2024.