Portugal will be present for the first time at the Indian International Film Tourism in Mumba to promote itself as a destination for filming


Portugal will be present for the first time at the Indian International Film Tourism Conclave in Mumbai, India, to promote itself as a filming destination, offering tax advantages, luminosity or tolerance, according to the Secretary of State for Tourism. On the eve of the trip to Mumbai and Goa, in the company of representatives of Turismo de Portugal and the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA), Ana Mendes Godinho said that in the ‘capital’ of Bollywood Portugal will be promoted with hundreds of producers.

“We will show the advantages of filming in Portugal, including the recent approved incentive scheme,” said the minister, adding that the country also offers “luminosity, diversity of natural settings, quality in infrastructures such as hotel, tolerance and historical tradition of hosting Of various cultures. ” “And also the competitive advantage of the ability to speak several languages: 60% of our population speaks a second foreign language,” he told Lusa. India is expected to produce between 1,500 and 2,000 films per year, with Portugal still filming a few of these films. Last December, the government approved a decree-law which provides that foreign producers working in Portugal benefit from a deduction from the Collective Income Tax , which is calculated on the expenses of the cinematographic production, equal to or More than 1 million euros.

The “maximum tax credit ceiling to be awarded annually” is € 7 million in 2017, € 10 million in 2018 and € 12 million in 2019. The diploma awaits publication in the Diário da República for later entry into force . On the agenda of the secretary of state for Mumbai are also meetings with tour operators and investors to promote Portugal and present the program Revive (tourist concessions in unused public heritage). In Goa there will be meetings with hotel groups and tour operators, as well as a visit to the Institute of International Hospitality and Education, which integrates the exchange of students with schools of Tourism of Portugal. “We will have Indian students from June, in the Portuguese Tourism schools, who will begin a course on Portuguese gastronomy and wines, for about two months,” said the minister, stating that the students go through the schools of Lamego, Lisbon And Porto. The exchange protocol had been signed when Prime Minister António Costa was sent to India in January. The journey of Ana Mendes Godinho takes place between February 23 and 27.

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