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.

Discover Alentejo for Meetings and Incentives

Imagine yourself lost in golden plains, rolling hillsides and lime-green vineyards, surrounded by century-old farming traditions, wine estates and cork tree forests. Welcome to Alentejo, a place where life follows a slow rhythm and people value simplicity; an untouched region, yet to be discovered for meetings and incentives.

Although Alentejo is the largest region in Portugal it hosts relatively few international events, when compared to the ever so popular meeting and incentive destinations of Lisbon, Algarve and Porto. This gives the province of Alentejo more reason to shine as a unique destination with a well-preserved heritage and surrounded by natural beauty. Alentejo is living proof that rural and remote destinations are quite the contrary of lifeless. The region prides itself in its distinct cultural identity, which is sensed wherever you go; from architectural gems that dot its serene landscape to the delicious, yet humble cuisine. The rich history is evident in its many fascinating attractions, Palaeolithic carvings, Visigothic churches and fragments from Roman conquerors.

Discover the serene landscapes of Alentejo for meetings and incentives
The Serene Landscapes of Alentejo

The home of Portuguese comfort food

Alentejo is your go-to destination in Portugal for traditional comfort food. Gastronomic delights are plentiful, applying a simplistic approach, using traditional cooking methods and high-quality local ingredients to create unique, tasty meals. Regional specialties include the finest of pork, game, bread, cheese, wine and seafood along the coast; always complemented by fresh herbs from the fields and seasonal vegetables. Mouthwatering dessert recipes have been passed on by generations and typically originated in convents, using eggs, almonds and dried fruits.

Excellent dining for meetings and incentives in Alentejo
Traditional comfort food in Alentejo

The beauty of simplicity

True to the unique identity of the region, the people of Alentejo take pride in welcoming meeting and incentive travelers as friends to beautifully converted private houses, medieval castles, former convents and private estates. The region of Alentejo highly values giving visitors an authentic accommodation experience to discover and enjoy the beauty of simplicity.

Many of these properties can be booked exclusively for meeting and incentive groups and offer capacities ranging from 10 to 50 bedrooms (single or double).

The best way to visit this extensive region is to plan for a 3 to 4 day stay, in 1-2 properties. Spend some time to discover the midlands and end your visit by the ocean.

Unique Accommodation for meetings and incentives in Alentejo
Unique Accommodation in Alentejo

Activities for Meeting and Incentive Groups

Take an early morning hot air balloon flight and end the day stargazing at one of the most beautiful dams in Europe. Indulge in the award-winning wines and gastronomical experiences. Visit the iconic white villages. Learn something new and make your own bread, liquors and organic soaps. Collect olives from the many groves, take part in an olive oil tasting and discover an array of truly local recipes.

Wake up to the smell of rice fields, ride a horse on a beach, dine with breathtaking sunset views and fresh seafood delicacies. These are only some of the many unique things to discover in Alentejo, the gold region of Portugal.

Get there before everyone else discovers how amazing Alentejo is for meetings and incentives.

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 Alentejo itinerary.

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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.