The Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, Berta Nunes, said this Wednesday that the North and the Center are the regions of Portugal that have the largest number of potential diaspora investors in the tourism sector.
“Tourism is a highly sought-after investment in our communities [portuguesas] and in particular the North region and the Center region are the regions that have the largest number of potential investors from the diaspora “, declared the Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, in her speech in the ‘webinar’ entitled” Wellnessbinar “, on the presentation of the new brand Termas Porto and North of Portugal.
The countries from which there are more potential investors are “France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, USA, Luxembourg”, that is, the countries where Portugal has the largest communities of Portuguese emigrants.
Berta Nunes recalled in the session that a special office was created for the “diaspora investor” and the “diaspora investor status” was also created.
“We are working so that, at the level of European funds, the investor has an increase, or dedicated lines. And we are working on this in collaboration with the State Secretariat for the Enhancement of the Interior and the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion”, he explained.
More recent data indicate that there were “160 statutes of diaspora investors assigned” and “72 diaspora investor entrepreneurs who asked for support from the diaspora investor” and that of these 72, there are 38% of projects in the field of tourism “.
The national diaspora investment attraction program was approved in August 2020 by the Council of Ministers and has several measures across the ministries to support Portuguese diaspora investment.
The Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities recalled that Portuguese descendants have already contributed in several ways to increase tourism in Portugal, but she says that this phenomenon needs to be “better known” and “quantified”.
According to the Secretary of State, it appears that there is a “correlation between the number of tourists who come from various countries” and the “existence of strong Portuguese communities” in those countries.
“It would be important to have a finer quantification of the number of Portuguese and Portuguese descendants who come to Portugal throughout the year, because today we cannot talk only about my dear month of August and the festivals in the villages and the coming of emigrants and their families at that time. In fact, what we realized is that these visits also take place at Christmas, Easter or even on a weekend to see a concert.
In the webinar, the director-general of the Association of Termas de Portugal announced that soon the Portuguese thermal network would have new therapies designed to respond to the recovery and rehabilitation of patients who survived the covid-19 disease.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,805,004 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 128.1 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,848 people died from 821,722 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.