In a workshop organised by TUI and held at the RIU Funana yesterday, delegates considered whether tourism has had a negative or positive impact on Sal so far and how to improve the situation. Some of the negative impacts identified included
- destruction of the environment (erosion of the main beach, aesthetic qualities lost due to construction)
- increase in sexual tourism
- increases in crime
|Algodoeiro beach during construction of Melia Tortuga|
|The Minister for Tourism opens the meeting|
Of course on Sal, many people consider that no benefit is brought at all to the local economy and population through All Inclusive hotels.
It is hard to say if at the end of this initiative, which is being organised by TUI with The Travel Foundation, there will be any positive changes. A lot seems to hang on whether the government will take the initiative or not or whether TUI and other companies will enter into Public/Private Partnerships in order to stimulate the much needed improvements to this island.