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Get down to business on the Algarve

Nowadays businesses are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing destinations for their business events, however they will be stretched to find anywhere that caters for them as well as the stunning Algarve.

Here you will find the top 10 reasons why the Algarve, in the South of Portugal, is a perfect choice for conferences, meetings and incentives in 2014:
1. The average temperature in October is still 22 degrees and with 300 days of sunshine a year outdoor teambuilding activities are a must.

2. Variety of outdoor teambuilding activities: Driving experiences, surfing lessons, water sports, inland safaris, golf courses, boat tours, cycling routes and walking adventures can all be organised within just a short distance of most venues. Great ways to explore the region with the team!

3. The food is heavenly – 4 Michelin star restaurants are located on the Algarve and two of them have 2 stars each. Fresh local seafood and fantastic desserts await any delegate meeting on the Algarve.

4. 38 golf courses and 104 beaches offer delegates various options to relax after a hard day of meetings. For those looking for a spot of pampering, a wide variety of spas and wellbeing resorts are located throughout the Algarve. So why not mix business with pleasure while staying on the Algarve.

5. Conference venues are top-class: The Algarve Congress Centre in Parchal (near Lagoa) is the Algarve’s first stand-alone conference and exhibition centre: 1000 seats and additional 1000 square metres of exhibitions space make it perfect for product launches and fashion shows. Portimão Arena with its 4000 square metres event space is a multi-purpose venue, perfect for exhibitions. There are many other options available for events of all shapes and sizes.

6. There are direct flights from all major UK airports to Faro International airport and flight times are only a little over 2 hours. British Airways has just launched a new direct flight from London Heathrow to Faro to satisfy the growing demand to the region.

7. Highways are new and transfer times to all major conference centres, hotels and towns are less than 45min.

8. Choice of accommodation is second to none. From five-star luxury to golf resorts and chic boutique hotels, historic pousadas and self-catering options – the Algarve has it all.

9. Professional destination management companies help make any plans run smoothly and efficiently. The Algarve has a wide network of business service providers from audio-visual suppliers to ground handling companies or local event managers.

10. Value for money is key. With budget cuts all around conferences and events we know budgets are tight. Portugal is one of the most inexpensive countries in Western Europe, and even small budgets will stretch a long way without compromising on quality.

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