Alexandre Solleiro, CEO of Portugal’s Tivoli Hotel GroupTivoli is a word used around the world in connection with entertainment and hospitality, but it has a special significance in Portugal. In the hot-spot regions of Lisbon, Sintra, Faro and Sagres Tivoli Hotels are always amongst the most desirable properties for accommodation, dining and conferences. ‘We have 12 hotels in Portugal’, ITCM learned form Alexandre Solleiro, CEO of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, when he was passing through London. ‘We are obviously a small group, but we are very particular about where we have our properties. They are all in ideal locations.’
The group’s flagship is the Tivoli Lisboa. It has 306 spacious rooms, the most modern of facilities but has made sure to retain the traditional charm of old Lisbon. It is centrally situated on Avenida da Liberdade, within easy reach of the city’s best shopping and cultural attractions.
The Tivoli Group is very keen to attract and keep MICE business. ‘The Tivoli Lisboa, for example, has its own Conference & Events Centre with twelve meeting rooms that can cater for events up to 400 delegates’, Alexandre points out.
There are two other properties in Lisbon. Tivoli Jardim, with 119 rooms, is conveniently alongside the Tivoli Lisboa, which many event organisers have found to be an advantage. It has its own meeting room to seat up to 40, but the group’s next-door conference centre and other amenities are shared by both hotels.
Located in the new business district of Lisbon is the Tivoli Oriente, immediately alongside the remarkably designed Oriente Station, to which it is a complete contrast. The station, originally part of Portugal’s Expo site, is all low rise arches, whilst the hotel is a free-standing modern tower block with 279 guestrooms and as many as 12 meeting rooms able to seat up to 550 delegates.
Possibly the group’s property that is best known in the UK is the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura on the Algarve. This is a very popular destination for corporate event organisers and holidaymakers alike and the landmark hotel is the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura. It stands alongside the extensive marina and right on the beach. More than once it has been the choice of hotel for ITCM fam trips in co-operation with the regional convention bureaux.
‘I must add’, says Alexandre, ‘that we have two very attractive properties in Brazil: the Tivoli Sao Paulo with 220 rooms, and the other in the coastal resort of Salvador, the 292-room Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte. In Sao Paulo there is a conference centre with 11 meeting spaces able to accommodate up to 1,100 delegates, whilst the Salvador property can offer eight swimming pools and a floodlit football pitch and evening entertainment in an amphitheatre.’
Alexandre was in the UK to give his hotel group a higher profile and it seems well worthwhile for organisers to take a look at the properties for conferences or incentives – or a mix of the two.