The Regional Secretary for Transport, Tourism and Energy of the Azores, Mário Mota Borges, defended in Lyon (France) that it is determinant to follow sustainable practices, for the benefit of locals and tourists who visit the Azores.

Mário Mota Borges, guest speaker representing the Azores, in the ISTO Forum Europe – an event that takes place in Lyon and is organized by the European section of the International Social Tourism Organization – said that, as the region is the first and only archipelago in the world certified as a Sustainable Tourism Destination by the standards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), it is crucial to follow sustainable practices that benefit the experience of tourists.

The head of the Tourism department intervened in a round table on the theme “A responsible and sustainable tourism destination: what does it mean, how to embody it and with which tourism stakeholders?”

As referred to in the press release by the Azorean executive, Mário Mota Borges presented the paradigm of the Azores and the good practices that have been implemented in the region, revealing the success of the broad collaborative approach and a firm strategy of the Regional Government of the Azores towards sustainability.

Related the excellent performance of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Secretary stated the high levels of safety existing in the Azores, which make the region a destination of excellence and able to respond to the great challenges of today, in a responsible and sustainable way.

Source: Diário Notícias