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Factsheet for measure PT-2021-21/1979 – measures in Portugal

Plan to reactivate tourism and build the future

Plano Reativar o Turismo | Construir o Futuro

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 21 May 2021 – 31 December 2027
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Measure added 21 July 2021 (updated 28 July 2021)

Background information

The restrictions and limitations that had to be imposed to control the disease COVID-19 and mitigate the contagion triggered a generalised retraction to the normal development of almost all economic and productive activities, covering most sectors.

Among the most affected sectors is tourism. This is recognised as a priority sector for the country's development strategy, having a strong impact on the national economy, namely in terms of the generation of wealth and employment.

It is intended to develop a plan to stimulate the economy and tourism activity, and that allows to overcome the objectives and targets of economic, environmental and social sustainability defined in the Tourism Strategy 2027, approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 134/2017 of 27 September. And that, simultaneously, allows supporting the implementation of the Portugal 2030 Strategy, approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 98/2020, of 13 November, which includes the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP).

Content of measure

The Resolution of the Council of Ministers 76/2021, of 26 June, approves the Plan Reactivate Tourism | Building the Future.

The Plan is structured around the following four pillars of action:

  • Pillar 1: Supporting enterprises - aims to adopt measures that preserve the productive potential and employment in the tourism sector, also supporting enterprises in the process of consolidating their operational strategy.
  • Pillar 2: Fostering security - aims at creating the conditions to strengthen the confidence of businesses and tourists, as well as to strengthen the confidence of residents in tourism and in its capacity to contribute significantly to their well-being and to the improvement of their quality of life.
  • Pillar 3: Generating business - aims at generating business for enterprises, globally, in a scenario of strong international competition, in the context of which Portugal can and must assume a leading role.
  • Pillar 4: Building Future - aims at creating the conditions for, in the medium and long term, promoting a true transformation of the tourism sector and positioning it in a higher level of development, more sustainable, more responsible and capable of generating more added value.

The plan has a total investment of €6,112 million, coming from European funds from PT2030 and the various State Budgets (2021-2027).

Use of measure

This information is currently unknow. The measure was launched very recently.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

Participation of a representative of the Portuguese Tourism Confederation (CTP) in the plan's monitoring committee.

Views and reactions

The social partners' views on the measure are not known.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2021), Plan to reactivate tourism and build the future, measure PT-2021-21/1979 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2021-21_1979.html

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