André Gomes formally delivered this Friday, May 26th, his candidacy for president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA). Of the 33 entities with voting rights, 25 support the single candidate.
This is an «overwhelming majority that far exceeds the minimum requirement of one third of the electoral base» and that «demonstrates the union of the agents of the sector», says the candidacy of André Gomes.
With regard to municipalities, 13 of the 16 support the candidacy: Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Tavira, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António.
In this list, there are not two municipalities led by the PSD (Faro and Albufeira) and one by CDU (Silves). But there is also the case of Castro Marim which, being led by a PSD mayor, supports André Gomes.
In the case of Albufeira, the lack of support could be related to the possible candidacy of Carla Ponte, head of division in the Chamber of Albufeira, who even considered running for president.
These 13 municipalities are joined by the support of the Commission for the Coordination and Regional Development of the Algarve (CCDR), with 11 associations representing the private sector of tourism in the region also subscribing to the application: Associação de Empresas de Animação Turística do Algarve (Algarve Anima) , Association of Commerce and Services of the Algarve Region (ACRAL), Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), Association of Hotel and Similar Industries of the Algarve (AIHSA), Business Association of the Algarve Region (NERA), National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE), National Association of Car Rentals (ARAC), Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), Portuguese Association of Casinos (APC), Portuguese Association of Recreational Ports (APPR), Algarve Golf, Southern Regional Golf Association.
When announcing his candidacy, André Gomes, current director of the Núcleo de Promotion, Animation and Tourist Information of the RTA, placed among his priorities for the five-year term the financial viability of this entity – affected by the withholding of funds at the State level. central, namely through captivations –, the diversification of revenue sources, improvement of the quality of services, defense of the appreciation of Tourism in the region and the strengthening of the sector’s environmental and social sustainability, namely through support for the training and qualification of workers in the Algarve.
With the businessman Renato Pereira (Júpiter Hotel Group) as his representative, in the team with which he is running for president of the RTA, André Gomes has Alberto Mota Borges, director of the International Airport of Faro, as a candidate for member of the Executive Committee.
For the Board of the General Assembly, Hélder Martins (manager of AHETA) is running for a new term of president, while Isolete Correia (Portuguese Association of Recreational Ports) proposes to continue the work done as secretary of the Board of the General Assembly.
For the Executive Committee, in addition to Alberto Mota Borges, Fátima Catarina, current vice-president of the RTA and candidate for a new term, appears.
The elections will take place on the 13th of June.