West coast reorganised

Algarve MP Mendes Bota has hit out at the government after it approved a national tourism strategy plan which could mean that Aljezur and Vila do Bispo could become part of the tourism area of the Alentejo coast.

The Council of Ministers approved the plan, which places limits on Portugal’s five tourism regions, and aims to evenly distribute each region’s responsibilities. Aljezur and Vila do Bispo could therefore be moved under the jurisdiction of the Alentejo.

Bota called the document “illegal” and criticised the government of jumping between four different models. He added that the model was once again changed at the last minute and many aspects of the plan are unconstitutional.

The plan, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, to reorganise the management and boost tourism in the future was also supported by Bernardo Trindade, the Secretary of State for Tourism.

Mendes Bota said: “They are part of the Algarve and therefore why should the jurisdiction in terms of tourism be altered. It makes no sense.”

The câmaras along with Mendes Bota and the tourism board are keen to resolve this issue with the government and ensure that Aljezur and Vila do Bispo are not transferred.

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