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Porto gains 19 new tourist developments in more than a year

Porto gains 19 new tourist developments in more than a year
Executive Digest · 26 May 2021

Data from the National Register of Tourist Enterprises (RNET), to which Lusa had access today, indicate that in 2020 14 new tourist developments opened in Porto and that, this year, they opened six hotels, totaling 19 new tourist developments in the city.

Questioned by the Lusa agency about the entry of new licensing requests for hotels in 2020 and 2021, the Porto City Hall said, in a written reply, that in the year 2020 and in the first four months of 2021, 27 processes for licensing new hotels were entered into the services. hotels, being "all in the process of analysis".

In 2020, a total of "21 licensing processes" for new hotel units were entered into the Porto City Hall, and "two legalization processes" and a "change of use authorization process" were also filed.

In 2021, and until April, six licensing processes for new tourism enterprises and a request for authorization to change their use were made available to municipal services.

"All the processes are under analysis," added a source from the municipality.

Regarding the enterprises that obtained a license to open in times of the 19-pandemic pandemic, the RNET indicates that a four-star tourist apartment on Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques was the first tourist development in Porto registered and with a license to open, on the 6th of January.

In the first quarter of 2020, with the pandemic in sight, but still without the Portuguese being in a state of emergency and confinement, a four-star on Rua Dr. Alves da Veiga was the second tourist development to be registered, on January 22nd, followed by a three star, on Rua de Santa Catarina, on March 27th.

In full confinement, on May 11th, 2020, a one-star hotel appears on Rua do Rosário and, on May 17th, a three-star hotel is registered on Rua do Bolhão.

In the second half of the year, a three-star hotel on Rua Sá da Bandeira (June 23rd) and two one-star hotels are registered: on Rua Latino Coelho (August 3rd) and Rua Dr. Alves da Veiga (August 6th).

On August 7th, a four-star hotel is registered on Rua Alvares Cabral, and another on Rua de Monchique, on August 30th.

On September 1st, a four-star hotel on Rua das Oliveiras is authorized, and a few days later, on September 18th, another hotel of the same classification receives the green light on Rua do Bonjardim.

The year of the pandemic ends with the opening of two hotels in December: a five-star hotel on Rua de Entreparedes on December 14th and a one-star hotel on Rua Formosa on December 21st.

In 2021, between January and May 26th, there are only records of six tourist developments to open in Porto.

This month they were allowed to open, on the 6th, a five-star on Rua das Flores and, on the 18th of May, four stars on Rua Gonçalo Cristóvão.

Tourist establishments are considered to be establishments that are intended to provide accommodation services, for a fee, having, for their operation, an adequate set of structures, equipment, and complementary services, under the Legal Regime for Tourism Enterprises.

Included in this category of tourist developments are "hotel establishments, tourist villages, tourist apartments, tourist complexes ('resorts'), housing tourism developments, tourism projects in rural areas and camping and caravanning parks”, as read on the Turismo de Portugal Business portal.