Despite the uncertainty of the war, Algarve has «very high reserves» for Easter and Summer

The Algarve Tourism Region also wants to “help” integrate Ukrainian refugees

«Everything is still uncertain», but the Algarve has «very high reserves in its portfolio» for Easter and summer, revealed João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), on the sidelines of the Lisbon Tourism Exchange ( BTL) which runs until Sunday, March 20th. 

This official made a presentation on the news and bets of Turismo do Algarve for this year that go through a more digital and sustainable destination.

Speaking to journalists, João Fernandes said that the “first major exercise” to be carried out this year is to “resume activity” after two years of the pandemic.

“We already have two certain values ​​that we can guarantee even in a crisis: notoriety and the fact that we don't have to lower prices for the first time in a crisis”, he added.

According to João Fernandes, despite the expectation that, in 2023, it will reach levels «similar to 2019», the Algarve already has «very high reserves in its portfolio».

These reserves are for “golf, from March to May”, as well as for “Easter and summer”. There is also the good news that there are six new routes, departing from Faro.

This summer it is estimated, moreover, that 88% of destinations to Faro will be recovered compared to 2019.



But, recalled this official, there is also a “cloud of uncertainty that hovers in Europe” due to the war in Ukraine.

“We still have difficulty estimating the impacts: what will be the effect in markets like Finland, Sweden, Poland or Germany? Will there be diversion of flows because we are at the opposite end of Europe in relation to the conflict? How far will the price increase for goods and services in the tourism chain go? How much more expensive will the trips be?”, said the president of the RTA.

One of the big problems – “the fat knot” – that lies ahead is even “the recruitment of human resources”, a “structural” difficulty.



The Algarve Tourism Region also wants to «help» integrate Ukrainian refugees.

«We were one of the first to work with Social Security and the Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional to direct offers to refugees. Offers are growing, we are working with the sector to find out what the profile is, but we have to remember that anyone fleeing a war needs security and legalization. At the head of this are the High Commissioner for Migration, the Foreigners and Borders Service and Social Security», explained João Fernandes.

Regarding the impacts on competing markets, such as Turkey and Greece, although “the diversion of flows” has not yet been felt, the president of the RTA said that both countries are “facing difficulties due to their proximity to the conflict”.

"But we also don't know what the economic impact the war will have on our outbound markets," he concluded.


Photos: Pedro Lemos | Sul Informação