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Information: Regional Government supports companies to comply with food hygiene and safety standards
Public support to businesspeople and workers in the food sector "is crucial to ensure their compliance with hygiene and safety provided in the legislation. these measures are intended to bring added value to their companies and improve the quality of services provided, which will be reflected on the Region's competitiveness in various sectors," defended the Regional Secretary for the Economy in Po... more >>

Information: Azores tourism registered "remarkable progress" but has challenges to overcome
The Regional Secretary for the Economy assured today at the Legislative Assembly that the Azores tourism registered "a remarkable evolution" in the last 10 years. Between 2000 and 2011, the number of guests in traditional hotels increased from 200,000 to 340,000 and the number of overnight stays increased from 580,000 to over 1,030,000, informed Vasco Cordeiro during an interpellation made to th... more >>

Information: Government acknowledges economic potential of Azores Handicrafts
The handicrafts of the Azores "should be valued as an activity with economic potential and importance instead of being recognised just for the preservation of memory or traditional manufacturing methods," defended the Regional Secretary for the Economy in Lagoa today. The government official ensured that "the Azorean Government has recently introduced some changes to the Handicrafts Incentive Sche... more >>

Information: Government supports national underwater photography championship on Santa Maria
The organisation of the 21st National Underwater Photography Championship, to be held on Santa Maria next September, "is a moment of great importance for the island as well as for its contribution to the tourism promotion of the Azores through an activity with high economic potential in job creation and wealth generation," defended the Regional Secretary for the Economy in Vila do Porto on Tues... more >>

Information: Vasco Cordeiro meets with businesspeople from Santa Maria tourism sector
Santa Maria "has been taking very significant steps in the promotion of diving as a tourism product, particularly at an international level, thus meeting all the conditions to boost its economy," defended the Regional Secretary for the Economy in Vila do Porto today. Vasco Cordeiro spoke to the media at the end of a meeting with Santa Maria tour operators and reminded that diving is "an emerging... more >>

Information: Vasco Cordeiro announces reinforcement of support to the promotion and export of local products
The Government of the Azores has undertaken a reform of the Support System for the Promotion of Azorean products, "introducing some changes to the previous scheme in order to further enhance the Region's export capacity," stated Vasco Cordeiro at the end of a visit to the Profrutos Cooperative. This visit was also organised with the purpose of presenting the new support scheme. Among the changes... more >>

Information: Vasco Cordeiro announces drop in port fees for export sector
The Regional Secretary for the Economy, Vasco Cordeiro, announced today a drop in port fees for the shipment of cargo in 20 and 40 feet containers, which represents "an average difference of less than 25 percent, compared to the port fees for imported 20 and 40 feet containers." Vasco Cordeiro spoke to the media at the end of a work meeting with the board of directors of the company Portos dos A... more >>

Information: Vasco Cordeiro presents new programme to support Food Safety and Quality
The Regional Secretary for the Economy, Vasco Cordeiro, presented this morning the "Quality Safe" programme to support regional companies in complying with the legislation on food safety and quality. This new programme, announced Vasco Cordeiro, will be in force for two years," during which the conduction of microbiological tests or staff training will be free of charges for adherent companies. ... more >>

Information: Azores Tourism strengthens product sales
The Azores destination has been focusing its promotional strategy "on the sales of products whilst developing a strategy to promote active tourism, follow market trends and meet the expectations of potential clients. The investment in this new strategy brings great potential for regional businesspeople at the level of wealth generation and employment," said the Regional Secretary of the Economy in... more >>

Information: Azores invest in external projection and attraction of international tourists
The Azores continue to promote their international projection as a tourist destination as well as to reinforce their presence in the international market "since this is a strategy has shown effective results" as evidenced by "the increase in the number of nights spent by foreign tourists in the Azores last year," said the Regional Secretary for the Economy in Lisbon today. Vasco Cordeiro met wit... more >>

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