Hotel staff to be trained to welcome Germans

Hotel workers in the Algarve are to receive training to “better prepare” them for welcoming German tourists.

The news came last week following a partnership deal between the Algarve hoteliers association (AHETA) and the Portuguese-German Chamber of Commerce (CCILA).

AHETA boss Elidérico Viegas said the goal is to adapt to the growing German market, offering employees a variety of training, including basic German language courses.

Viegas said he believes the initiative will help make German visitors feel more at home in the Algarve, and remove the habitual Algarve dependency on the British market.

Hoteliers will now discuss the focus of training initiatives, to take place at AHETA’s headquarters or at hotels themselves.

Some may be paid by the hotels while others could be backed by the national employment institute (IEFP) or EU funding.

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