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Municipal Tourism Council meets to discuss the sector's recovery strategy

Municipal Tourism Council meets to discuss the sector's recovery strategy
25 Feb 2021
The Municipal Tourism Council met this Thursday, by videoconference, to learn about the strategy that Porto City Council is developing for the resumption of tourism activity.

Covid-19 cooled the main engine of the local economy. The tourism sector in the city of Porto was, before the virus, responsible for thousands of direct jobs, and many others of related activities, and was well launched on the road of economic growth.

Rui Moreira stated it recently, in an interview with Público newspaper, and also the City Councilor for Economy, Tourism and Commerce and City Councilor for European Funds, Ricardo Valente, recognized it when he announced the municipal recognition program "Confiança Porto".

This project was referred to this morning at the second meeting of the Municipal Tourism Council, which had as a central point of the agenda, the presentation of the measures initiated by the Porto City Council to mitigate the negative impact caused by the pandemic, from an economic point of view, mainly in the tourism sector, or from a social point of view.

In addition to the "Confiança Porto" seal, which will pass through the qualification and recognition of tourist accommodation, the creation of the figure of the mediator of local accommodation was also addressed, as well as the Regulation of Tourist Sustainability Areas, which reformulates the proposal for a regulation on Local Lodging, with an emphasis on sustainability, and betting on a preventive approach.

In a meeting in which 41 councilors participated at a distance, and in which the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, also took part, the various measures of direct support to the economy, such as the Porto com Sentido program, created an affordable housing offer through long-term lease contracts guaranteed by the Municipality, and also the implementation of the Porto Tourism Observatory, a platform that is already under development and that will provide a "real time" reading of the tourism dynamics of City.

At the metropolitan and regional levels, projects were also listed to which the municipality has actively contributed, including the Way of St. James ("Caminhos de Santiago"), the integration in the Great Wine Capitals and Industrial Tourism network. All with the final objective of promoting and international projection of the destination.

In the interventions of the councilors, words of encouragement and constructive contributions for the future of the sector were heard, which also "reflect the harmony with the municipal strategy", considered Rui Moreira.

The presented proposals and questions raised during the meeting will now be analyzed by thematic working groups composed of the councilors, to jointly identify concrete actions that respond to the needs imposed by the current context.

At the session, the proposal for admission to the Porto Hospitality and Tourism School to the Municipal Tourism Council was unanimously approved.

The first time this consultative body met was in July last year, already in a pandemic context.