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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Interior Alentejo region 'full' of Portuguese tourists




Lisbon,Aug.13,2020(Lusa)–The interior of the Alentejo is usually empty in summer, but this year it's "full" of Portuguese tourists heading to the region and joining residents who have avoided going swimming because of Covid-19.
Due to the pandemic, "people ended up choosing areas free of Covid-19, or at least where there were few cases," Lusa Francisco Ramos, mayor of Estremoz - one of the few municipalities in the district of Évora with no record of "any case" of the disease - told the agency.
With the county's rural tourism or local accommodation "practically or even full" and hotels with many reservations, the mayor assured that tourists want to "be in isolated areas" in the interior.
And "that was the principle that brought more people to Estremoz than was normal at this time of year", he said, pointing out that, in the summer months, the Alentejo countryside, despite being a "target" of tourism, is always less crowded.
"What normally happened was the opposite. People were heading for the coast, the Algarve or the Vincentian coast, others abroad", but this year "we can see that the residents haven't left" and "many people have come from elsewhere, mainly from Portugal, and are opting for rural tourism", he compared.
The mayor pointed out as an indicator of this "very big" demand the market of Estremoz, on Saturdays, where "many people are not from here" - meaning that "they're people who are lodged and spread throughout the boroughs and in neighbouring counties".
Another indicator is the Berardo Estremoz Museum, with the "largest and most important" private collection of tiles in Portugal and open since July 25. It has had almost 3,000 visitors, of which "95% were Portuguese and are not from here".
Estremoz is not unique and the panorama is repeated throughout the region. The president of Turismo do Alentejo e Ribatejo, António Ceia da Silva, even without current statistics, confirmed that the summer is being "great".
"A region with our characteristics, horizon, space, tranquility, peace, it's an 'anti-covid' zone, regardless of the outbreaks. It is an area that tourists, particularly those with purchasing power, clearly look for at these times, as has happened with this pandemic", he argued.
Ceia da Silva stressed that "many areas of the Alentejo have maximum occupancy rates" and insisted that visitors want "more isolated areas, with fewer human settlements and more space".
"This doesn't mean that there aren't units that aren't experiencing difficulties, especially micro and small businesses", he admitted, pointing to the "great unknown" that awaits the sector "from October", when the domestic tourist returns to work and their children go to school.
During this period the growth of tourism demand began to be felt in June, in those "five brutal days", the national holidays between the 9th and 13th, but at the end of the summer "the tourism sector will need the foreign tourist as it has had during the last few years".
"The big question" is whether or not "we will be able to obtain international markets that can replace the growth of domestic tourism", he warned.
For the time being, with Portuguese people taking holidays in the region, especially families, the Alentejo has increased two tourism indicators: the RevPar, that is, the average income per room, and the rate of stay, because "people have purchasing power and are staying longer" and "in the same hotel", he said.
The post-summer period also raises doubts to Mónica McGuill, of the Casas Brancas network, an entity, with 18 years of existence, which brings together associates in the Alentejo coast and the Vicentina coast, with 35 units of rural accommodation, 12 restaurants and eight companies of tourist entertainment.
"The expectation is that summer will go well, maybe until mid-September," but "we notice a break" from that time on and "we don't know exactly [how it will be]. It's a complete unknown. There may be more occupation at weekends, but during the week, if there are no foreign tourists, it will be reflected".

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Lusa


Agency : LUSA

Date : 2020-08-14 09:56:00







 

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