- International trade fairs and diverse activities
- A vast array of hotels for seminars in an affordable capital city
- Easy to get to with transportation
Why choose Lisbon for your residential seminar?
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Off to Lisbon with your group! The capital of Portugal has been widely popular for the last few years. Sunny and affordable, the city offers infrastructure to welcome business groups of all sizes. An attractive destination for tourists, it also welcomes trade fairs all year long. For all the reasons that are mentioned below, Amsterdam appears as a winning choice for your group trip. However, preparing the trip can be a chore: comparing thousands of hotels and getting the best rate is time-consuming. Thanks to Groupcorner, just describe your needs to us - we will find the hotels that suit you, while delivering competitive quotes and therefore getting the best rates... And remember, all these services are totally free!
Flying to Lisbon: easy as pie!
Lisbon is located at the far ends of the Iberian Peninsula; getting there by plane is therefore the most convenient and fastest solution, wherever you come from (except if you live in Spain!).
The Portela international airport is the biggest in the country. From the airport, you can reach the centre with the red line of the metro, which is the cheapest solution. Alternatively, just hop on the bus (Aerobus, lignes 22, 44 et 745), which can take you where the metro will not, like Cais do Sodré. As for a taxi ride, it will cost you roughly 15 € (plus 1,60€ per luggage).
You can also arrive to Lisbon by railway, but it is more time-consuming and you will have to take a night train. This solution can turn out to be convenient if you live far from an airport.
Finally, you can also drive to Lisbon; however this choice will imply long driving hours as the routes are often longer than 1000 km. You can also get on a Eurolines bus in case you cannot charter a bus for your group.
Hotels of all standards for all kinds of seminars
The city itself has only half a million inhabitants, however Greater Lisbon gathers a fifth of the whole Portuguese population with 3 million people. The cost of living is often cheaper here than in other European capitals, especially the Northern ones.
The various Lisbon districts each have their own charm. The most ancient one, and the most liked by tourists, is Alfama, near the sea. It stands out with its maze of quaint streets, its churches, its museum of Fado and its castle. On the opposite, eastwards, in the XVIIIth century Baixa area, streets form a regular grid; it is famous for its squares. Farther East, you will find the down-to-earth Bairro Alto district, renowned for its hectic nightlife. It is nice to spend the evening there, though it might turn out a loud place to stay. The Chiado district is wedged between Bairro Alto and Baixa; this shopping area has posh and intellectual airs. Besides, two other districts outside the historical centre are worth visiting: Bélem and the Park of Nations (Parque das Nacoes). The former harbors museums and the famous Tower of Bélem, a UNESCO world heritage site that also welcomes seminars. As for the Park of Nations, it is a state-of-the-art business centre expanding on the remains of the 1988 World Exhibition; many congresses are based there.
Groupcorner has selected hotels that feature all you need to set up your seminar in Lisbon. Here are three examples:
The 5 star Tivoli Lisboa Hotel is on central Avenida da Liberdade. It has 308 rooms and offers conference rooms that accommodate 80 in meeting format or 320 in conference format. It is an elegant and professional place to set up your international business meetings!
Tryp Lisboa Oriente Hotel has 207 rooms in the heart of Park of Nations (Parque das Nacoes), Lisbon's business and trade fairs centre. This 4 star hotel can welcome up to 90 people in conference format. Most trade fairs are a just few step away!
The Ibis Lisboa José Malhoa is a good pick for smaller budgets. Though it is located on the outskirts of the city, you are just 10 minutes away from the main business areas. Equipped with 200 rooms, this 2 star hotel can welcome up to 50 in conference format. It is a great deal for business people!
What's on in Lisbon?
A first-rate destination for tourists
Lisbon is one of the hippest places to be. Europeans get there for a city break full of sightseeing, culture, gourmet discoveries- or just to chill out. The city has a rich and diverse architectural heritage going back to the Moorish era and the conquests of great explorers, up to modern times and its edgy architecture. Visitors enjoy the oceanic aquarium or the huge stadium, where the Portuguese supporters express their boundless enthusiasm. Anyway, your days will last longer here with the appeal of a cheap, hectic nightlife!
Setting up a seminar abroad is an opportunity to bring the team members together with unusual activities, to stay in touch with the evolutions in our field and obviously to discover a different culture. Affordable and warm, Lisbon represents one of the hippest tourist destinations- and it also ranks 8th worldwide for the organization of trade fairs (according to ICCA). There is no doubt that you will find great things to do here!
Team Building : from wine tasting to riding a SUV!
There is a wide array of team building sessions in Lisbon. Many local event agencies offer their services in English; they make up unique and original experiments for business people. For instance, you could try wine tasting, preparing cocktails in the old Ribeira market or exploring the surrounding mountains in a SUV... It is up to you!
A vast choice of international trade fairs
Visiting Lisbon can be an opportunity to attend one of the many trade fairs organized all year long, whether as an exhibitor or a visitor. Lisbon ranks 8th worldwide for the organization of trade fairs, and is therefore a first-rate destination. Most events take place in the Exhibition centre, but also at the Atlantic pavilion on the World Exhibition premises, or at the Auditoruim of the Oceanario. Among the top events of the 2015-2016 season:
- Alimentaria & Horexpo (International food & drinks exhibition, 22-24 November 2015)
- Exponoivos (Wedding Fair, 8-10 January 2016)
- Futuralia (Youth, education, training and vocation training,16-19 March 2016)
- Acqualive expo (Water, waste & environment, March 2016)
- FIA Lisboa (International craftsmanship, June 2016)
That was just a glimpse of all that you can do in Lisbon with your business group- not to mention the varied culture and sports events taking place all year, or the discovery of its specialties such as "pasteis de nata" and various codfish dishes. The capital city has so much to offer at reasonable prices, and has hotels for all budgets. However, keeping within your spending limits requires a professional eye on hotels rates. Groupcorner makes your request easier: just send us an express quote request and we will find the hotels matching your needs so that you get the best deals! And remember, this service is totally free of charge.