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2027 Strategy for Sustainable Tourism: Impact on Business?
Hello there. We will shortly be moving to Portugal and taking over a small holiday rental business linked to the Quinta we've bought in the Tabua area. We've just read an article in the UK press about the Portuguese government's 10 year strategy for sustainable tourism, which states; "By 2027, 90% of tourism businesses will have to comply with rules on water, waste and energy use."
These are laudable objectives, and we have no issue with them in principle, but it's the first we've heard - no one mentioned this during the purchase process.
Does anyone know exactly what the rules or regulations, or what the standards are? Is anyone already working towards compliance? Could you signpost us to any government information or regional/local support to help small businesses like ours achieve required standards?
Thanks in advance for any info or advice you can offer.
Sounds as if selling could have been a strategic move on the part of the departing owners. The new rules for Alojamento Local (AL) and for Turismo Rural are fairly well defined now and there is a lot of pressure on owners to follow the rules ever more correctly - it's a tax collection exercise at the end of the day.
There is little (no) help from the government departments themselves but some useful support from organisations like http://www.alep.pt as well as from the better informed lawyers and accountants - best suggestion would be to find one of each of those that knows what they are doing and then make them your best friends. If you are lucky then the local architects office of the Camara Municipal will tell you more about your responsibilities, but you consulted them before you purchased - right ?
As for hearing about any of this as part of the purchase process - you should never expect the real estate agent (who is working for the seller) to tell you anything but what is needed to make the sale. Caveat emptor !
Just Google "portugal tourism strategy 2027" and several English documents will pop up. e.g.
https://travelbi.turismodeportugal.pt/e ... 7_2019.pdf
https://www.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCo ... ul2016.pdf
It looks like a talking shop at the moment.
Thanks to all three for your replies.
MrBife, you say this is a tax-collection exercise - do you mean fines for non-compliance, or are there taxes specific to this Sustainability Strategy, in addition to the various business-related ones we're already aware of? We do have a good accountant, but he hasn't mentioned anything about it (nor did we ask, to be fair).
Barlavento - yes, the business does have an AL number; the vendors are very much 'by the book' and totally above-board as far as we can tell. Fortunately the property has been designed, built and is running very environmentally sensitively (highly water and energy efficient, 75% solar powered, etc.) but until we know exactly what the standards are, we just don't know whether/how well meet them.
Alan, yes, we googled and found the same website about the consultation process, but the site has no date. That suggests standards/regulations or whatever still haven't been defined... Or does anyone know differently?
Thanks for the ALEP link, MrBife - looks like they run some interesting and useful training events and seminars, but I couldn't see anything about this topic. We'll contact them when we land and hope they can tolerate our still very ropey Portuguese.
Thanks for your help, all.
Quick update; our Portuguese solicitor has advised us that this strategy is still out for consultation and specific standards for leisure / tourism businesses haven't yet been defined.
She sent us the gvmnt's 65 page report, "Estratégia Turismo 2027" - it's proving too large to upload, but the pdf can be found here:
Water, waste and energy consumption are considered on pp 41 - 44, for anyone who's interested.
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