• Posted on: 16 May 2019
  • By: portal

State heritage properties are a very important part of the historical, cultural and social identity of a country, and make a rich and distinctive contribution to the attractiveness of a region and the development of tourism.

Recognizing that it is a strategic asset, present throughout the national territory, and the importance of ensuring its preservation, valuation and disclosure as well as a more wide access to its enjoyment, Government has launched REVIVE program, which opens up properties to private investment to develop them as tourist attractions by concessioning them through public tendering.

This joint initiative of the Ministries of Economy, Culture, Finance and Defense, aims to promote and streamline the processes of rehabilitation and valorization of vacant public property, making it suitable for tourism-oriented economic activity, enhance the attractiveness of regional destinations, deconcentrate demand and develop various regions of the country, generating wealth and jobs, thus contributing to the economic and social cohesion of national territory.

The REVIVE program is conducted by a technical team that includes representatives of the Cultural Heritage Department, the Treasury and Finance Department, the Nacional Defense Resources Department and the Portuguese Tourism Board, with the involvement of the municipalities in which the properties are located, which, together, safeguard, through tendering, the classified heritage and the use of properties suited to the development needs of each region.

It is also a pillar of the REVIVE program to restore heritage with respect for the relevant architectural, cultural, social and environmental values.

The model  provided for in REVIVE program therefore involves high-value public properties that are not being enjoyed by local communities and their visitors, by undertaking private investment, making them apt for use in an economic activity, namely in areas related to hotels, restaurants, cultural activities, or other forms of entertainment and commerce, preserving the values and pre-requisites that determined the domain of these assets and their public property, while also finding mechanisms that allow the pursuit of the objectives of rehabilitation and valorization of assets targeted.