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Lisbon, the capital of events

Worldwide, Lisbon is the 2nd preferred destination for congresses and conventions according to the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)

View from the Arc de Triomphe Observatory

Portugal’s capital has been undeniably establishing itself as a rising star in the world congress and convention scene. Lisbon has become a much sought-after destination for both business and leisure travelers. In recent years, the city has hosted some of the world’s most prestigious conferences and events, such as Web Summit, BTL Travel Market, the European Society of Cardiology Congress, among hundreds of others. World Youth Day – the largest event of the Catholic Church – which will take place in Lisbon between August 1 and 6 of this year, is expected to bring one and a half million visitors to Lisbon.

Lisbon’s charm and character have made it an unforgettable destination for visitors looking to combine work and relaxation. Portugal’s capital has become a top choice for event planners due to its state-of-the-art facilities, top infrastructure, geographical location and growing reputation. 

Lisbon becoming more and more popular for events organization

According to the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), Lisbon is the 2nd most chosen destination, worldwide, for congresses and conventions, being only surpassed by Vienna.

This preference is justified by its privileged location, on Europe’s west coast, making it accessible from anywhere in the continent; the good transport accessibility; the wide variety of convention spaces to attend the needs of all kinds of events and the excellent quality professionals.

Safety is also considered during the process of deciding the venues for events. In this context, the fact that Portugal is the European country geographically furthest from Russia and Ukraine contributes to the current perception of security. If we add to this the fact that Portugal was considered the sixth safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index in 2022, we realize that we have a comparative advantage.

In 2021 the Portugal Events Program was introduced, which also helped in the sustainable growth of this sector. According to Turismo de Portugal, this program aims to support events that contribute to the creation of territorial dynamics, the diversification of the tourist experience and that boost local economies, especially in low density territories.

Our accommodation suggestions

Lisbon has a wide variety of venues for conventions and exhibitions. From venues with greater capacity such as the Lisbon Congress Center and the Altice Arena, to more exclusive spaces such as the Rocha Conde d’Óbidos Palace and the Beato Convent.

In addition to the realization of the event, it is necessary to provide the accommodation needs. Therefore, Lisbon has a large offer of hotels for all tastes and budgets. Among the existing diversity, we suggest:

Transportation options

Although its problems, Lisbon is a city with an excellent transport infrastructure. The mode of transportation with the greatest coverage in the city is the metro. Besides being modern and efficient, it is the best option for those who wish to avoid traffic. The same applies to the train (CP and Fertagus) – an alternative to the metro – which not only ensures the displacement in the metropolitan area of Lisbon but also throughout the country, from north to south of Portugal.

Nowadays, the city has a network of public buses (Carris) that travel the narrow streets of the historic city center. Although to a lesser extent, the streetcar is a must experience for anyone visiting Lisbon.

For those who wish to move around more freely, there are also a range of options for renting cars, bicycles, scooters, and scooters. There are also cab services and private transport services (Uber and Bolt) that present themselves as a very viable alternative for those who wish to move around more comfortably.

The convention is finished. Now what?

Lisbon is a city that offers a vast variety of cultural and leisure activities, such as getting to know centuries-old monuments. From attractions such as the Tower of Belém, the Castle of São Jorge, Discoveries Monument, Commerce Square, Monastery of S. Vicente de Fora, among others.

If you want to have the unique opportunity to see these monuments from a completely different perspective, talk to us. We offer the experience of contemplating our beautiful Lisbon from the Tagus River. We will prepare a tailor-made boat tour, customized for you.

In summary and conclusion

Undeniably, Lisbon is becoming a preferred destination worldwide for events. Certainly thanks to its beauty, good geographical location and first-rate infrastructure. The city guarantees a panoply of convention and exhibition facilities, high-quality accommodation options and a rich variety of activities for its visitors.

In addition, Portugal’s capital works in collaboration with local industry to promote innovation and creativity, with a view to establishing itself as a leading center in technology, sustainability, and tourism sectors.

If you plan to hold an event, Lisbon is a destination worth considering!

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