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

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.

Location

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.

Wellbeing

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

Location

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.

Wellbeing

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

Location

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.

Wellbeing

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

Location

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 hello@ecmportugal.com for a tailored itinerary.