10 Reasons why Portugal should be on your M.I.C.E. pitch list in 2022!

Portugal is a destination blessed with diversity, culture, history, food and amazing landscapes, making it a truly surprising destination for meetings & incentives. Discover our top 10 reasons why Portugal should be on your MICE pitch list in 2022.

1. Sunny destination

Portugal has more than 250 days of sun per year with an average temperature of 21ºC / 70ºF, making it an ideal destination to discover all year around.

Porto – Portugal

2. Easily accessible

The diverse landscape of Portugal is easy to explore in a short amount of time, due to the size of the country. Portugal has three international airports and is easily accessible from all major European hubs with an average flight duration of 2.5 hours. The various regions can easily be combined with short distances of less than 3 hours between Lisbon and Porto or the Algarve. The islands of Portugal are less than a 2-hour flight from Lisbon.

3. Ancient, yet trendy

Portugal has been crafted over centuries with a historical past, a vibrant present and always looking to an exciting future. The cities are contemporary and full of architectural master pieces, including two Pritzker prizes. The main cities of Portugal offer efficient and modern public transportation.

4. Great value for money

Portugal is one of the most inexpensive destinations in Western Europe with reasonably priced accommodation, food and transport. For incentive programs on a tight budget Portugal is ideal with a 3-day program starting from EUR 800 per person.

Sintra – Portugal

5. Fine Gastronomy

Portugal has a total of 40 Michelin stars awarded to 33 restaurants across the country with a wide range of diverse and international influences. The many cultures that have influenced the Portuguese cuisine have resulted in diversity, focusing on freshness of local and seasonal produce, quality fish and meat, combined with excellent internationally awarded wines.

6. Hospitality

Portugal has a strong reputation for excellent service standards and are known for their friendly and welcoming hospitality. Most Portuguese are fluent in several languages, making the communication easy and efficient.

7. Rich history

As one of the oldest countries of Europe with influences from across the world, Portugal is blessed with a rich history, offering visitors a great variety of unique, cultural experiences. Portugal is home to 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1 Natural World Heritage Site and 1 Cultural Heritage Site.

8. Diverse & unique

From endless sandy beaches to mountains and forests, unique wine regions and tropical islands, Portugal offers visitors 7 diverse regions to discover and explore for history, sports, gastronomy, wines, music and wellbeing. In the past years the destination of Portugal has won multiple World Travel Awards and is considered the World’s Best Destination by the World Travel Awards 2019.

Douro Valley – Portugal

9. Excellent M.I.C.E. infrastructure

Investments in old and new sites, hotel openings, conference facilities and new flight connections are attracting big brands to Portugal for meetings and incentives. Especially the regions of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve have invested heavily in an excellent MICE infrastructure. From ancient monasteries to elegant palaces, Roman cities and modern museums, the choice of venues is as diverse and unique as the culture and history of Portugal.

10. Safe destination

Portugal ranked as the third safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index in 2020 and was the first country in Europe to get the “Safe Travels” badge in 2021, recognizing the country’s commitment to provide safety to all. Companies recognized with the Clean & Safe stamp are also recognized as safe travel companies.

For more information on meetings and incentives in Portugal contact our team of event and destination experts on hello@ecmportugal.com

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 hello@ecmportugal.com for a tailored itinerary.

Azores, the Mid Atlantic Hawaii

Did you know that less than 2 hours from Lisbon a hidden gem awaits you? Stunning lush greenery, impotent volcano craters that have evolved into amazing lakes, world-class whale watching, breath-taking waterfalls and hot springs with medical powers, coupled with amazing fresh produce and wines, Sao Miguel Island in the Azores is a truly undiscovered destination for unique and exciting meetings and incentives.

The MICE side of Algarve

Algarve, the land of the most beautiful beaches and most famous golf courses in Europe, is considered by many as a holiday destination. Meeting and incentive planners do not usually have the Algarve on their radar, but if you avoid the peak summer months, this little piece of paradise is an amazing and unique destination for all types of meetings, incentives and corporate events.

Lisbon’s glamour is back!

Lisbon may not be considered a top luxury city, but when it comes to glamour, the city rates top 3 of European cities. Quality, service level, indigenous and unique experiences are the new glam trends in the incentives, meetings and events industry! People want unique and memorable experiences without compromising on quality and Lisbon is just about that.