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First LGBTI Hotel in the Country

The Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, was questioned about the CMF’s reluctance to move forward with International Chain, Axel Hotels proposal to open Portugal’s first LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgender) in Madeira.

Urged to comment on the matter, Miguel Silva Gouveia stated that “in this particular case more information is needed with regards to the project and its use of public space.  The hotel group has been notified of the situation, and they are currently revising their plans as per CMF guidelines.

The mayor further stressed that the CMF would continue to believe in this and other projects that benefit the municipality. “We had about six to seven hotel developments in our portfolio, all of which are welcome. Investment is welcome; it boosts the economy, creates jobs, at a time when we will need all the investors possible to ensure the islands economic recover. However, any approved project must strictly comply with what is legal. And it was in this sense that we need to adapt the project so that it does not conflict with CMF guidelines.”

The hotel unit, which is to be built from scratch on Rua Bela de São Tiago, is expected to cost 8 million euros and create 35 and 40 new jobs.

Samantha Gannon

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