NewsFestival Maré de Agosto - Santa Maria island
Probably the best known event in Azores and undoub ...
The Association of Azorean Houses was present at t ...
Runs from 21 to 23 August 2014 and gathers participants and visitors from all corners of the world, not only Azorean.
The festival, that completes now 30 years, has a poster that goes far beyond the nightly programming, since the sandy beaches of the island (including the São Lourenço's Bay) are also hosting the "pre-party" during the day, convivial all who gather at night. Under the coordination of SMARTUR tours, excursions around the island and bike rentals are available, not to mention the free Yoga sessions taking place at the areal side of Praia Formosa.
Matisyahu, La Chiva Gantiva, Selah Sue, The Black Mamba, Mariza, John Lee Hooker Jr are some of the artists featured. The dawn is hosted by DJ André N on all days of the festival.
Azores as a tourist destination was showcased as an ideal location for rural and nature tourism. At the Azores stand, Azorean Houses was represented as well as the Bahia Palace hotel, Ilha Verde rent-a-car and the tour operators Jetair (part of the Tui group) and Adagiotours.
The Salon de Vacances is a highly regarded and the largest tourist exhibition in Belgium and is mainly aimed at the end user and as such is an important event in terms of sales.
The market as a whole showed itself to be very interested in products that stand out, namely regarding rural and nature tourism, in which Azorean Houses has, at a regional level, played a pivotal role in supply and ensuring service of excellence.
Ricardo Matias, president of the Festival Committee, described a “sea of emotions” as emotions brought about by the landscapes, food, heritage and festivities of Terceira as well as the good humour and hospitality of Terceira islanders.
This is one of the archipelago's festivals that should not be missed.
The Azores are described in this prestigious magazine as “delicious” and a true “paradisical find”. The publication highlights whale watching and the seaside picturesque villages as some of the wonders of this Archipelago. “Each of the nine islands that make up the Azores Islands has its own fascinating identity ” writes Margaret Kelly of Fodor's.
Llisted on Fodor's Go List 2013 are a myriad of places from all corners of the globe ranging from Easter Island to England, Mexico City, Myanmar and even Disney World Orlando, in Florida.
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The development of partnerships with other entities, both at a national and international level, the active participation in events that allows new contacts to be made and the exchange of experiences, strengthening communication and investing in the dissemination of the accommodation network on the Azorean Houses website (www.casasacorianas.com) are some of the priority goals of this new council.
Find out more about the new council of Azorean Houses here.
This Study, which arose from the need to define an integrated national strategy for the sector, was financed by the National Rural Network Program and undertaken by THR – International Tourist Consultants.
The document was presented in Palmela on the 7th of November 2012 at the “Challenges to Tourism in Rural Areas” seminar.
Find out more about this study here.
With this distinction, the Project will be the national representative in the 2013 Landscape Award of the Council of Europe, an award aiming to recognise the implementation of conservation, management and landscape planning policies or measures which enable sustainability and promote the involvement and raise awareness of the general public.
The Autonomous Region of the Azores also won second place in this national award with the Landscape of Capelinhos Volcano in Faial.
According to the Regional Secretary of Natural Resources, Luis Viveiros, obtaining the first two places in the 2012 National Landscape Award means that “the investment that the Azores Government has undertaken in the area of planning, protection, conservation and valorisation of the natural heritage has paid off”.
“Evolutionary processes can be observed and studied in the Azores making them a natural laboratory” stated António Frias Martins, president of the World Malacological Society, adding that over 25 species new to science remain to be discovered in the region.
In the Azores, aside from terrestrial molluscs such as snails and slugs, it is also possible to observe marine molluscs of “great scientific interest” including squids, clams and conches.
The natural beauty of the Azores led them to being chosen as the host of the World Malacological Congress which will take place at the University of the Azores, on S. Miguel island, between the 21st and 28th of July 2013 and will bring around 400 scientists of 70 nationalities to the region.
According to the tourism magazine, “one of the aspects that most stands out about the Azores is the diversity of it’s food, which is irresistibly appetizing”. The Azores are “a world of aromas and flavours which must be discovered” as well as being “a peaceful and tranquil refuge, surrounded by incredible natural beauty”.
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This seventh edition of the Festival will pay tribute to the poet, writer and intellectual Vitorino Nemésio. “It is a tribute to Nemésio when the 110 year anniversary of his birth is being celebrated and it is a way of valuing what is ours” stated Paulo Cordoniz, Culture councillor in the municipality of Praia da Victória, highlighting that “99.9%” of the artists participating in this year’s Outono Vivo are “friends of the island”.
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Following this award, the Land of the Priolo, with half its territory found within the Natural Park of São Miguel Island, will invest in the development of nature tourism in protected areas, contributing thus towards the sustainability of ecosystems.
From the plan that has already been outlined, various actions will take place until 2017 including coordination and conservation measures, the promotion of sustainable activities such as mountaineering in protected areas, acknowledging the cultural significance of the Land of the Priolo, dissemination of the area as a tourist destination and the increase in sustainable tourism operators.
This plan envisages the application of a participatory method that allows coordination of the different institutions and economic agents related to tourism and nature conservation in order to reach a common strategy to promote sustainable tourism.
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The Lagoa do Fogo, located at an altitude of 575m in the centre of the island of S. Miguel - in the municipality of Ribeira Grande - and classified as a Natural Reserve since 1974, was one of the 21 shortlisted beaches in the competition “7 Beaches - Wonders of Portugal” along with Canto Marinho and Fisgas de Ermelo, going on to win the Wonder of Portugal distinction in the category of wild beaches. Although its natural, environmental and scenic characteristics are plain to see, its value has now been officially recognised with the awarding of this prize.
Find out more about the 7 Wonder of Portugal here.
The Council of the EUROPARC federation has included the “Terras do Priolo” into the European Charter Areas for Sustainable Tourism, an award which will be presented at the 2012 EUROPARC conference held between 22nd and 25th October 2012.
This award comes as a result of the effort invested by all participants over the last year in the candidacy process and marks the beginning of the implementation of the action plan conceived for this award.
According to the Regional Director for the Environment, João Bettencourt, the “European Charter Areas for Sustainable Tourism is not just an award, it is predominantly an analysis of the region from a touristic, environmental and social perspective, which allows the creation of a sustainable development strategy.” João Bettencourt further highlights that this award therefore implies a “commitment” on behalf of institutions, companies and the population to upkeep and preserve the areas encompassed by this award.
Find out more about EUROPARC 2012 and about this Candidacy here.
This event will provide important debate and contemplative sessions about the resources, potential and strategies that the Azores can value within its remarkable cultural heritage, a vital resource for the responsible and sustainable development of its tourism.
The Reflective Meeting, taking place at the Congress and Cultural Centre of Angra do Heroísmo, is structured into four sessions throughout two days. The opening session will occur on the 16th of November between 2.30pm and 3pm and is followed by various talks from national and international speakers. As well as presentations from experts in Cultural Tourism, the meeting includes debate sessions, workshops and an activities program.
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