ECMPortugal welcomes back meetings and incentives!

The Event Brief

Industry: Insurance

Event Type: Annual Brokers Incentive 

Nº of people: 37 

Region/Country: Germany 

Event Location: Lisbon, Portugal 

ECMPortugal was contacted to put together an incentive program with a clear objective in mind to join the top company brokers for a networking trip to Lisbon. After 18 months of not meeting face to face, the client felt it was important to create an in-person experience.

Lisbon, Portugal

The goal was to create a memorable incentive filled with unique experiences, seeing the city of Lisbon and its surroundings, and at the same time ensuring ample space for valuable networking moments. 

With Covid-19 regulations in place the right balance had to be found between safety and creating group experiences.

Electric Tuk-tuks in Lisbon
E-tuk-tuks in Lisbon

The Event Solution

September was the chosen time of the year, which meant the weather would be perfect for outdoor activities. The activities included a sunset cruise on the Tagus River, a driving experience along the cost in stylish convertibles, a visit of the city in e-tuk-tuks, and the use of an exclusive e-tram complemented the diverse and bespoke incentive program. 

Dinners and lunches took place in the outdoors and in various exclusive venues. 

The entire incentive program adhered to a tailored Covid-19 safety plan, which was shared with the delegates, the client and all the local partners involved, including transportation, venue facilities and activities. 

Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River in Portugal
Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River

The Verdict

The goal of the brief was achieved by offering a diverse, unique and active incentive program in a safe and enjoyable environment for delegates who wanted to re-connect in person and spend valuable networking days. 

“Now that we are back in Germany, I want to say many, many thanks to you! You did an excellent job! All of the guests enjoyed the wonderful trip and were very happy. They had a lot of beautiful experiences. I will call you when we plan the next trip to Portugal. It was a big pleasure to work with you. Thank you so much ECMPortugal!” Client – Insurance Company

“Having been out of live events for over 18 months came with some concerns and challenges. Could we still deliver the same high standard and create the same experiences we were used to prior to the Covid-19 pandemic? How would we need to prepare to ensure a safe environment for our guests and yet offer the best possible experience of our destination? Although many things had changed in the past months and many more considerations had to be made, some things remained the same – our fantastic partners were still there and ready to offer our guests a fully enjoyable experience, and together we achieved to do what we love most: create great events that leave behind lasting and unique memories of our amazing destination!” Carmo Barba – ECMPortugal 

ECMPortugal specializes in unique and bespoke programs for meetings, incentives and corporate events throughout Portugal. Please get in touch with our events team on for a tailored itinerary.

4 New Properties opening in Portugal

From a spectacular new beach resort in Algarve to a beautiful, tucked away boutique hotel in Porto, we have looked around to see what the most anticipated hotel openings in Portugal are for unique and exceptional meetings, incentives and corporate events.

1. The Yotel Porto

Opened in May 2021

The Yotel Porto is a bold new addition to the city and is considered the most futuristic property in Portugal. The facilities offered are truly impressive, from an amazing 24/7 fitness centre to the panoramic views from the stylish rooftop bar. The hotel restaurant Komyuniti is a large open-plan social space, serving European inspired cuisine in a relaxed environment.

The property offers a total of 147 rooms or so called ‘cabins’. Each cabin has a signature space-saving, adjustable SmartBed with Serta gel mattress, an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower, mood lighting and HD TVs that can be connected to guests’ own devices.

The new Yotel Porto in Portugal
The most futuristic property in Portugal – The new Yotel Porto

Events and Meetings

The hotel offers two meeting rooms, which can be booked for up to 25 people in theatre style or 16 people in boardroom style. The meeting rooms come completely equipped with state-of-the-art tech, audio, lighting and super-fast WIFI.

The rooftop can be exclusively booked for private events and is ideal for product launches, special events and cocktail parties.


The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the traditional centre of Porto and is only 15km from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

2. Vinha Boutique Hotel Porto

Opened in June 2021

This impressive 5-star property is located in the beautiful limits of the Douro River and surrounded by 30.000sqm of lush gardens. The 38 uniquely designed bedrooms are inspired by the famous creators Ralph Lauren, Hermès and Christian Lacroix.

The hotel is situated in a 16th century manor house and offers a unique experience for exclusive incentive and meeting groups. Hotel guests are welcomed as family and treated as celebrity.

The new Vinha Boutique Hotel in Porto. New hotel opening in Portugal
16th century manor house – Vinha Boutique Hotel Porto

Events and Meetings

Guests of the hotel experience renowned world-class service and excellent wine and gastronomy in the hotel restaurant and wine bar. The beautiful gardens offer extensive possibilities for special events, lunches, dinners, and picnics.

With a focus on smaller meetings and incentive groups, the hotel offers exclusivity for up to 75 guests.


Hotel facilities include a fitness centre, an outdoor pool, an indoor pool and a unique spa, endorsed by the famous brand Sisley Paris.


The hotel is located 15 minutes from the centre of Porto and the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

The new Vinha Boutique Hotel Porto. New hotel opening in Portugal
Exclusive picnics – Vinha Boutique Hotel Porto

3. Hyatt Lisboa

Opening end of the year 2021

The first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal offers a world-class wellbeing concept for the ultimate in luxury living. The 5-star superior hotel has 204 upscale, contemporary accommodation units. The hotel has spectacular views of the Tejo River and offers direct pedestrian access from the riverside via a bridge.

Renders of the new Hyatt Lisboa in Portugal
Sneak preview – new Hyatt Lisboa

Events and Meetings

The hotel is located directly across from the Lisbon Congress Centre with direct access for hotel guests.

Meeting facilities include one large meeting room of 250sqm, which can be divided into 4 parts and 10 additional breakout rooms.

The 3 restaurants are ideal for exclusive corporate and special events. One of the restaurants has stunning views from the rooftop and another has direct access to the extensive hotel garden.


The world class brand Serenity will manage the 900sqm spa, offering full wellness programs and a fully equipped fitness centre.


The hotel is located 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from Lisbon’s historic downtown. The fantastic location makes the hotel ideal to discover the many sites, history, culture, gastronomy, and nightlife of the vibrant capital city.

4. W Algarve Albufeira

Opening end of the year 2021

The new W Algarve may be the most anticipated and exciting property to open in Europe. Secluded coves, stunning beaches, fantastic weather and enticing cuisine make the Algarve a new hot spot for meetings and incentives. Located on the waterfront of the most iconic beaches of the Algarve, the resort gives guests a whole new luxury experience. The hotel offers extravagant 5-star facilities and a full range of culinary delights. The 134 stylish hotel rooms, suites and residences are all ocean facing and boast spacious balconies.

The new W Algarve in Portugal
Stunning location – The W Algarve

Events and Meetings

Offering excellent service and exclusive facilities, The W Algarve is ideal for all types of corporate events, meetings and incentives. Spread over 522sqm the hotel offers a variety of meeting rooms and 1000sqm of outdoor space for all types of events.


Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre ‘FIT’ and an ‘Away’ spa with seven treatment rooms and extensive outdoor pools.


The W Algarve is located 40 minutes from Faro Airport in Albufeira. The area is famous for its stunning beaches, colourful fishing boats and vibrant nightlife.

ECMPortugal specializes in unique and bespoke programs for meetings, incentives and corporate events throughout Portugal. Please get in touch with our events team on for a tailored itinerary.