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February 23, 2024 Azores are guest national destination at BTL, which runs from February 28 to March 3 The Azores are the guest national destination at the next edition of BTL-Lisbon Travel Market, taking place from February 28 to March 3 at Parque das Nações in Lisbon, which will boost the Region's visibility in the national market, its main tourism market. The Azorean participation in this 34th edition of the country's largest tourism fair includes a speech to be delivered by the President of the Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, on February 28, at the CNN Portugal Summit "Portugal Tour." The event will address the main challenges of national tourism, namely the fact that it is one of the most important sectors of the economy, and yet it faces international economic adversity. On February 29, the Regional Secretary for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures, Berta Cabral, will take part in CNN Talks at the Azores stand - her participation will be part of the theme "Tourism in the Azores, prospects and challenges." A joint organisation of Visit Azores and AMRAA - Association of Municipalities of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, the Azores stand will feature Visit Azores itself, the organisation responsible for the external tourism promotion of the Region. It will be represented by the 19 Azorean municipalities as well as by 29 companies associated with Visit Azores, which will be promoting their products. BTL 2024 will present a wide range of exhibitors, sectors and content, always with the mission of establishing itself as a benchmark fair in the tourism sector, both nationally and internationally. More than 1,500 exhibitors, more than 85 international destinations and more than 400 events will be featured during this major tourism fair, with programmes for the whole family, tastings, gastronomy, presentations, concerts, promotional campaigns and exclusive holiday offers. During the 5-day event, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in thematic workshops, attend presentations about the featured countries and take part in tastings. BTL will feature even more international buyers from 42 markets. This represents a 50% increase over the 2023 edition. Overall, there will be more than 200 hosted buyers from different continents at the largest tourism fair in the country. Known for keeping up with market trends in tourism innovation, diversity and inclusion, BTL will, as usual, feature a wide range of programmes, covering various areas, from technology to culture. BTL continues to focus on quality, diversity and value. The space that aims to be a hub for knowledge and the sharing of ideas, known as BTL Lab, is also returning and will feature talks on digital technology, ecology and culture. It should be noted that Pavilion 1 will accommodate the seven regional organisations, while Pavilion 2 will feature inter-municipal communities, municipal councils and entities linked to gastronomy. Hall 3 will be dedicated to the services and accommodation sectors. In turn, the international destinations and distribution areas will be available in Hall 4.
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February 23, 2024 Regional Government congratulates Azorean athlete Ana Filipe on three more gold medals Ana Margarida Filipe, an ACM Club athlete, has won another three world titles and three gold medals for the Azores, this time at the 2024 World & European Indoor Track Championships. The athlete competed in the triple jump, long jump and 60-metre hurdles categories, winning gold in all of them. The results show 11.51 metres in the triple jump and set a new national record in the 60-metre hurdles, with 9.84 seconds. The long jump, in which she achieved a mark of 5.47 metres, is the focus of this athlete and her coach, as this is her main sport in terms of her immediate goal - to secure a call-up to the national team for the Paralympic Games. Ana Filipe credits these results to the fact that she is in great shape, both physically and mentally, in addition to following the usual recipe of "hard work." "This is another very special victory, as Ana Filipe is an Azorean athlete. She is one of our High Performance athletes, our 'Guida' as we know her, and she has already led us to extraordinary results as a result of her hard work and that of her coach Ana Paula Costa," said Mónica Seidi, the Regional Secretary for Sport. She addeed: " It is athletes like 'Guida', like Ana Margarida, who inspire and encourage us to continue, as always, to strongly invest in sport, in all its components."
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February 22, 2024 Azores renew Quality Coast award The Regional Secretariat for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures was formally notified of the renewal of the Quality Coast award, an international distinction awarded by Green Destinations that distinguishes coastal environmental quality for sustainable tourism. According to the criteria defined by Green Destinations, the Region achieved a level of compliance of 97.3% of the sustainability indicators under analysis: Destination Characteristics; Destination Management; Nature & Scenery; Environment & Climate; Culture & Tradition; Social Well-being; and Business & Communication. The distinction now conferred on the Autonomous Region of the Azores validates the positive and consolidated evolution of the work carried out through good sustainability practices, also reinforcing the positioning and leading position of the Azores in this field. The Azores were distinguished with this award for the first time in 2014, returning to the list of winning destinations in several subsequent editions. The 2024 award honours the commitment and work carried out in the Region, consolidating its leading position in sustainable tourism development worldwide. A non-profit organisation for the development and recognition of sustainable destinations, Green Destinations, based in the Netherlands, supports more than 200 destinations in 60 countries and aims to promote responsible tourism based on globally recognised principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Quality Coast programme, developed by Green Destination Award & Certification, challenges destinations to promote responsible management on a permanent and sustainable basis, encouraging the tourism sector to adopt relevant environmental measures. In this regard, destinations are required to implement a sustainable management system, subject to external performance and progress audits every two years, while receiving suggestions for improvement. This award is mainly targeted at seaside destinations, with special emphasis on shorelines, beach management and bathing water quality. The award ceremony will take place on March 6, 2024, at ITB Berlin 2024, one of the largest travel fairs in the world.
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February 22, 2024 Regional Secretariat for Agriculture promotes courses for livestock handlers in maritime transport The Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development, through the Regional Directorate for Agriculture, has been promoting courses for livestock handlers in maritime transport. The aim is to provide trainees with knowledge of technical aspects and regulations on animal welfare during the transport of livestock and horses on long-distance maritime transport.  The training is intended for handlers who monitor the transport of livestock in long-distance maritime transport, namely on routes of more than eight hours. It has already taken place on the islands of São Miguel, with six trainees, Terceira, with ten trainees, and Pico, also with six trainees.  Registrations are currently underway for the course to be held in Santa Maria, which will take place from February 26 to March 2, with 16 applicants so far. According to the Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development, António Ventura, "This is pioneering training in the country, which demonstrates the importance that the Regional Government attaches to Animal Welfare." "Maritime transport is of paramount importance for the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as it is the only economically viable way to transport animals between islands and outside the archipelago, namely to Madeira and Mainland Portugal," emphasised the Regional Secretary. "Every year, we export about 9,000 live animals, so the transport of these animals by sea is very important for the regional economy," added António Ventura.  The course for livestock handlers in maritime transport is organised in collaboration with the Agrarian Development Services of various islands and intends to increase the training and literacy of these workers in this area of intervention. The 22-hour training is held in-person during working hours, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registrations can be made by email to [email protected] or by telephone 295 404 200.
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February 24, 2024 Açores batem todos os recordes no setor do turismo Em 2023, os Açores bateram todos os recordes no setor do turismo, com os alojamentos turísticos a registarem cerca de 3,8 milhões de dormidas e de 1,2 milhões de hóspedes. Os últimos dados divulgados pelo Serviço Regional de Estatística (SREA) indicam que, no último ano, “o total de dormidas foi de 3,8 milhões, representando um acréscimo face ao ano anterior de 15,1%. Relativamente aos hóspedes, o número total foi de 1,2 milhões, valor superior em 14,8% relativamente ao ano 2022. Neste ano, a estada média situou-se nos 3,18 dias”. Segundo o SREA, estes são os valores mais elevado desde que há registos (2001). Já em 2022, o número total de dormidas tinha superado o valor mais elevado até então, verificado em 2019, antes da pandemia de covid-19, que afetou o setor nos dois anos seguintes. A subida registada em 2023 foi superior à verificada no país, que apresentou um “acréscimo face ao ano anterior de 10,7%”. Refira-se, ainda, que se gerou um valor recorde de 157,8 milhões de euros em proveitos nos estabelecimentos hoteleiros, marcando 2023 como o primeiro ano de sempre a superar os 150 milhões de euros de proveitos totais na hotelaria dos Açores. O último ano foi, para o turismo açoriano, não apenas o ano de todos os recordes, como também aquele em a Região recebeu alguns dos mais importantes prémios mundiais do setor - a começar pelo galardão de “Melhor Destino Mundial de Turismo de Aventura”, atribuído pela World Travel Awards. Os Açores são a primeira região arquipelágica do mundo com certificação de “Destino Turístico Sustentável” e, em 2023, garantiram o “Nível IV de Prata”, que reforça a liderança em matéria de sustentabilidade turística, visando atingir o “Nível Ouro” em 2024. Esta evolução na certificação surge “porque a Região respondeu aos critérios do ‘Global Sustainable Tourism Council’, organismo internacional de acreditação para a certificação de turismo sustentável”. Os auditores independentes da ‘EarthCheck’ avaliaram várias infraestruturas em diferentes ilhas dos Açores e o resultado foi “subir mais um patamar no processo de certificação”. O normativo adotado pela ‘EarthCheck’ estipula um processo de certificação evolutivo que impõe a conquista progressiva de quatro patamares (prata, ouro, platina e ‘master’). Também a prestigiada National Geographic destacou os Açores na categoria “Natureza”, revelando tratar-se de uma “terra nascida do fogo, mas agora envolta em verde”, salientando que “os Açores trabalham para garantir o seu futuro”. Esta revista tinha destacado os Açores com um dos destinos de eleição para 2023, no final de 2022. Paralelamente a estas conquistas, o Projeto “Rotas Açores – Itinerários Culturais e Paisagísticos venceu o Prémio Nacional do Turismo na categoria “Turismo Autêntico”, iniciativa do Expresso e BPI, enquanto a Madalena do Pico foi distinguida como uma das “Best TourismVillages”, pela Organização Mundial de Turismo. Recentemente, já em 2024, a Região Autónoma dos Açores renovou o galardão Quality Coast, prémio internacional atribuído pela Green Destinations que distingue a qualidade ambiental costeira para um turismo sustentável. O desempenho turístico da Região e os vários galardões e prémios internacionais demonstram a evolução positiva do turismo dos Açores, os elevados níveis de qualidade oferecidos no destino e o reconhecimento internacional que a região conquistou num dos mais competitivos setores da economia mundial. Recorde-se que os Açores são o destino nacional convidado da edição deste ano da BTL, que decorre em Lisboa na próxima semana.
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