"Turismo de Habitação" was recognized as being an important contributory factor to developed the tourism in the region: thus a need for a co-operative organization for common interests was seen. The major objective in mind when TURIHAB was first formed was for the preservation of the region's magnificent manor houses and of its traditions and culture. TURIHAB sees it as important to promote the spirit of the association, the "corporate identity" as is shown in his statement:
We are a big family, with common interests, and will benefit in the elimination of competition between us, and the maximum of cohesion and co-operation: concentrating upon projecting a quality image TURIHAB is an association with more than 100 members. The second objective was to initially bring together these houses, which all have common interests. Thus benefiting avoids competition between them, with the maximum cohesion and co-operation. Therefore concentrate upon projecting a quality image.
To achieve and guarantee the quality offered is the result of 30 years of effort of TURIHAB, its partners and, most of all, its association of owners without whom it would not be possible to create a national system of this nature and size. This commitment to providing high quality accommodation in distinctive family properties is reflected at the European Union level through the network “Europe of Traditions” and in the South American Mercosul countries with the “Fazendas do Brasil”.
TURIHAB’s 30th Anniversary, in 2013, event brought together Portugal’s seven regional Tourism Presidents. The day’s discussions, debates and presentations were useful and interesting for every-one present. The separate presentations of each region’s foods were also delicious in any language!
Along the last 30 years TURIHAB and CENTER organize several events to discuss and develop the “Turismo de Habitação” and Rural Tourism in Portugal. Above you can see the conclusions of the most important meetings.