The Government of the Azores announced today the creation of a national and international campaign so that children up to 12 years old do not pay for air travel to the region, as a way to relaunch tourism due to the covid-19.
The proposal is part of a set of 250 measures on the agenda for the social and economic relaunch of the region in the post-pandemic of the covid-19, which was presented today by the President and Vice President of the Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro and Sérgio Ávila , respectively.
The document, available online, reads that “financial support will be given to the campaign, at national, European and international level, aimed at families, in which, with two paying adults, children up to 12 years old do not pay the plane trip ”.
About this measure it is also said that it will be “operationalized” through a contract between the Regional Government, the “airline company”, the “participating tour operators” and “those responsible for offering promotional packages”.
The document states that the initiative will start in the second half of 2020, without specifying.
In the presentation of the agenda, the Vice-President of the Government highlighted that the document is organized in two pillars: one that aims to “relaunch the economy of the Azores” and the other to “build more resilient Azores”.
In the tourism sector, the Regional Government intends to carry out a campaign, at national and European level, in which “it is offered the possibility to visit three islands without paying the inter-island air fare”, with the condition of a minimum stay of “two nights in each of the islands ”.
In the area of health, one of the advanced measures is the “strengthening of training” of health professionals in emergency medicine and advanced life support, which will cover 300 professionals, and which aims to “prepare the Regional Health Service for hypothetical health scenarios. pandemic growth ”.
The Regional Government also plans to create “three more laboratories” to carry out screening tests for covid-19, “one of which is based in the municipality of Horta”, on the island of Faial.
Currently, the Azores have two laboratories authorized to track covid-19, one in Terceira and another in São Miguel.
In the social sector, the Azorean executive wants to grant “financial support” to the host families of the elderly and to the families that have acquired housing and are “having difficulties in paying the bank installment”, ensuring a “budget effort rate less than 30% ”.
The Regional Government also intends, in the first half of 2021, to create a computer application that “allows the user to obtain points for actions or for participating in activities related to good environmental and citizenship practices”, which can then be exchanged for prizes or discounts .
The agenda also includes the creation of “Empreende Azores”, a program aimed at entrepreneurs who intend to “create innovative businesses” in the region and which will provide credit lines of up to 100 thousand euros.
Among the measures, there is the creation of a program for micro, small and medium-sized companies to direct growth to “foreign markets”, find “financing partners” and adapt to “regulatory requirements” from the first semester onwards. 2021.
The draft agenda, which covers the 2020-2022 time horizon, received suggestions from political parties and the social partners, and is now available at agendarelancamento.azores.gov.pt, with an area for citizens to submit their suggestions and contributions.
The Azores maintain a total of 179 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the covid-19 disease, registering 16 deaths and currently having 19 active positive cases, all of them on the island of São Miguel.