The island of Madeira has launched a project to attract business and entrepreneurial professionals to the region for periods of between one and six months.
For thousands of workers across Portugal and the world, teleworking is a new reality due to the coronavirus pandemic, but for digital nomads, this is a reality they embraced many years ago. The island of Madeira has decided to take advantage of this new trend of remote working and launch Digital Nomads Madeira, through StartUp Madeira and the Regional Government. This new project in Madeira aims to attract digital nomads from all over the world, and the objective is to have professionals from the business sector and entrepreneurs working from the region for periods between one and six months.
The municipality of Ponta do Sol will be the base of this unique pilot project known as the Digital Nomad Village, according to a recent communiqué. "Ponta do Sol in Madeira meets the perfect conditions for nomads or remote workers looking for warm weather, sun and a quiet lifestyle. Its natural beauty, easy access to the sea, nature and excellent internet connection represent the perfect business card for this beautiful village to attract digital nomads from all over the world".
The Digital Nomads Madeira project is expected to have a very positive impact on the local economy, while at the same time increasing consumption in local commerce in view of the current reduction of tourists.
"Digital nomads are required to work online and travel the world full time. For many workers, this was a dream situation that has now become a reality, with announcements that millions of companies will embrace telework forever, such as Facebook, Twitter, Outsystems and Talkdesk," the project's website also says. Being able to work from anywhere, nomads tend to travel to the most beautiful places in the world. They look for cosy places, with good weather, delicious food, unforgettable activities in nature and, above all, fast internet.
Madeira Island has therefore, according to the project, "the ideal conditions to attract digital nomads due to its natural beauty, activities in nature, culture and fantastic weather conditions throughout the year". This is part of an initial plan to make Madeira known as one of the best places in the world to work remotely.