Published on : Friday, March 13, 2020
In order to recover historical and cultural heritage for tourism, job and income generation in Brazil, an MoU was signed between Ministry of Tourism of Brazil and the Ministry of Economy of Portugal yesterday (March 12).
The measure will allow the implementation of the Revive Program on Brazilian soil. The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, and the Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal, Rita Marques, signed the document at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Economy of Portugal.
“This signature represents a milestone in the use of Brazilian historical heritage with a tourist nature”, commented the Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio.
For him, the success of the Revive program in Portugal shows that partnership and between public and private is a great path for the tourism sector. “We want to take this same model to Brazil after signing the cooperation protocol. These assets are generally underutilized, some degraded, graffiti. And this partnership portrays very well what should be done with the private sector”, he said.
The minister also explained a little about how the Revive will be implemented in Brazilian territory and reinforced that the ultimate goal is to benefit the Brazilian population. “The concession of the properties will allow them to be used commercially, through hotels and restaurants, leading to the restoration, conservation of these assets and, also, increasing the flow of tourists in these places. With the ultimate goal of generating jobs and income for our population,” he said.
The agreement is valid for two years and is automatically renewed for successive periods of two years as well.
The intention is that the assets currently in a state of deterioration are recovered by the private sector to use part of the property for tourism enterprises such as hotels, restaurants and other attractions. For this, bids will be held for the concession of spaces.
“We will give back to our society important tourist attractions that will help to boost cultural tourism throughout the national territory”, added the minister.
The Portuguese government will assist the Brazilian government in defining a property as a pilot project for implementing the Revive Program in Brazil. Brazilian institutions linked to the management of public heritage and the preservation and enhancement of Brazilian cultural heritage will be part of the Program.
The next step is the establishment of a Steering Committee that will have representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan) and the Union Heritage Secretariat (SPU).