Over the past four decades, global warming has taken hold in Portugal according to statistics gathered by the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera ‑ IPMA. Maximum temperatures have increased by 1.6ºc over the past 40 years and summer has stretched by 6 more weeks in the north and centre of the country, as defined by the number of days with temperatures above 25ºc. This trend has been less pronounced in the south. There has also been less rain leading to more frequent severe droughts.
It took just 5 days for the Socialist Party to reverse its position on limiting to seven the number of Local Lodging properties held per owner. The newly introduced measure only places restrictions within “AL” tourist-contained neighbourhoods as to be defined by local councils and will not impact other municipal districts.
For Portuguese nationals, it will now be possible to change a citizen’s address, alter a name, request a criminal record, renew or cancel the Citizen Card (“CC”), all via a registered smartphone. For children, it will become mandatory to request the document within 20 days after registration of birth. In addition, the validity of the card passes from five to ten years for those over 25 years.
Based on the number of overnight stays last year (6.8 million) to be charged at 2 euros per night per person, the total anticipated revenue for the municipality is expected to reach 13 million euros. The city is preparing the process of applying the new tourist tax and anticipates implementing the new levy in January next year.