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Nota de Imprensa
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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Nota de Imprensa
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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Nota de Imprensa
February 23, 2024
4,953 unemployed registered in the Azores in January
The Regional Government, through the Regional Secretariat for Youth, Vocational Training and Employment, informs that there were 4,953 unemployed registered at the Regional Training and Employment Centre as of late January, a drop of 12.88% compared to the same month last year. According to the latest data, 114 jobs advertised by this centre were filled in January, corresponding to the placement of 118 Azoreans in the labour market. As for the unemployed looking for a new job, 76.32% come from the service sector, corresponding to 89.68% of all registered unemployed. Regarding the number of unemployed per island, São Miguel accounts for 62.57% of the unemployed in the Region, followed by Terceira, standing at 15.79%, Pico, at 5.96%, Faial, at 4.06%, São Jorge, at 2.50%, Graciosa, at 2.12%, Flores, at 1.98%, Santa Maria, at 4.99% and Corvo, at 0.04%. In terms of municipalities, Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande and Angra do Heroísmo accounted for 57.72% of all registered unemployed people in the Azores. Regarding social and professional integration programmes, as of January 2024, there were 1,898 people enrolled in these programmes in the Region: 1,019 men and 879 women.   As for the measures to promote youth employment, 1,606 young people are taking part in training projects in a real work context, with special emphasis on the "Estgaiar L" and "Estagiar T" programmes. There are also 295 Azoreans undergoing training. Statistical publications on employment in the Region can be consulted on the Regional Government Portal at https://portal.azores.gov.pt/web/drqpe/estatistica.
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Nota de Imprensa
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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Training
Nota de Imprensa
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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Nota de Imprensa
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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Horta Airport
Nota de Imprensa
February 20, 2024
Regional Government challenges ANA/Vinci's proposal for Horta airport with Secretary of State for Infrastructures
The Regional Government has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Infrastructures, Frederico Francisco, expressing its concern and dissatisfaction with ANA/Vinci's proposal to use part of the current runway at Horta airport to implement RESA (runway end safety areas), and urging him to remedy the situation. The Regional Government has been a very active and interested party in the whole process leading to the expansion of the runway at Horta airport, expressing its concern and dismay at ANA/Vinci's intentions. If the decision taken by ANA/Vinci moves forward, it will result in a reduction of the declared distances of the current runway by 180 metres (90 metres on each runway threshold), making it impossible to operate turbojet aircraft such as the Airbus A320 currently used by Azores Airlines for flights between Horta and Lisbon. This situation would significantly jeopardise the connectivity and mobility of Azoreans and undermine the principle of territorial continuity, creating serious constraints on flight connections between Mainland Portugal and the island of Faial. This is a clear contradiction with the basic requirements for the operation of regular air services following the public service obligations (already published in the Official Journal of the European Union), which provide for flight connections between Lisbon and Horta and presuppose the operation of turbojet aircraft. The implementation of RESA - which are safety areas at the end of the runway for use in emergencies - is an obligation under Regulation (EU) no. 139/2014 and has been in force for more than 10 years without ANA/Vinci having proceeded with its implementation, although there is a commitment to do so by the end of this year. Acknowledging the importance of Horta airport for the mobility of Azoreans and the need to boost its operational capacity, the Regional Government signed an ARAAL contract amounting to €800,000 with the Horta City Council in March 2023, to subsidise 40% of the cost of drawing up the project for the expansion of the runway. For this reason, the Regional Government considers the fact that ANA/Vinci is now considering limiting the usable area of the Horta airport runway beyond comprehension, especially at a time when the international public tender for its expansion is already underway and it is already public knowledge that there are seven proposals for its development. The Regional Government demands that any solution adopted for the Horta airport runway should not make its future expansion unfeasible or have any effect on its current operation. The Regional Government believes that, for all the above reasons, the solution being considered by ANA/Vinci and which has been presented to ANAC - National Civil Aviation Authority is inappropriate and highly detrimental to regional interests. Therefore, we urge ANAC (as the regulatory body) not to postpone this. We also suggest that alternatives be explored, such as making a formal request to the European Commission for a derogation from the implementation of RESA until the runway expansion works at Horta airport are completed, as proposed in the letter sent by the Regional Secretariat for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures to the Secretary of State for Infrastructures.
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Applications for the programme to support youth entrepreneurship, creativity and talent
Nota de Imprensa
February 20, 2024
Applications now open for programme to support entrepreneurship, creativity and young talent
Applications are now open for the AECT - Support Programme for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Youth Talent, promoted by the Regional Secretariat for Youth, Vocational Training and Employment, through the Regional Directorate for Youth. Applications must be submitted through the juventude.azores.gov.pt portal until February 29 for the START and REART initiatives and until March 31 for IMPACT projects. After assessment and validation, projects and initiatives to be developed during the second half of 2024 are eligible for support under the START and IMPACT measures, while applications for projects to be developed between 1 April and 30 November are eligible under the REART measure. The START measure supports the implementation of small initiatives in the areas of youth entrepreneurship and creativity, which contribute to the initial impetus for youth creation and innovation. The IMPACT measure aims to boost the development of high-potential initiatives in the creative and youth entrepreneurship areas, which will result in projects with a positive impact on the youth community and/or with the expectation of sustainability and long-term success. The REART measure supports short-term artistic residencies. The maximum duration of projects varies between 6 and 12 months and the funding amounts to 1,500 and 5,000 Euros for the START and IMPACT projects, respectively. Short-term Artistic Residencies (REART) can be carried out from three to five days, with support amounting to 100 Euros a day per participant. AECT projects can be promoted by young people aged between 16 and 30, born or resident in the Autonomous Region of the Azores; informal groups of young people; non-profit organisations; artisans whose status is recognised by the Crafts and Design Centre of the Azores (in the case of the REART measure) and Houses of the Azores with projects to promote Azorean identity. AECT also encompasses the FORMART measure to support training in the creative arts, and applications are also open on the Azores Youth Portal.
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