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Lisbon hosts "world's largest technology conference"

SUD Lisboa
From exciting new venues to global congresses, Lisbon shows why it is one of the world’s major event cities
Having retained its place in the top 10 of the ICCA rankings earlier this year, and with the opening of exciting new contemporary and historic venues, Lisbon continues to reinforce its credentials as one of the world’s top destinations for events and congresses.  Demonstrating its ability to host the largest and most prestigious events, last week the city welcomed The WEB Summit, billed as “the largest tech conference in the world” with around 60,000 participants and over 1,000 speakers, including Al Gore and the Secretary-General of the UN.


Already benefitting from superb infrastructure, extensive global transport links and an excellent price-quality ratio, Lisbon continues to add to its portfolio of excellent venues.  New openings in 2017 include:
  ·        SUD Lisboa, located on the breathtaking Tagus riverfront in the Belém area, is an innovative, multifunctional venue reflecting the latest design and architectural trends and state of the art equipment.  With ground floor space of 1000 sqm and 2nd floor space of 700 sqm, it can accommodate up to 750 for a cocktail party and 700 theatre style.  
·        The beautiful Carlos Lopes Pavilion, closed in 2003, has re-opened following renovation.   Built in 1921 in Rio de Janeiro for the city’s international exhibition, it was later brought to Lisbon by boat and placed in Edward VII Park in 1929.  It was given its current name in 1984 in honour of Portuguese athlete Carlos Lopes, who won the Olympic marathon.   The renovation has preserved its beautiful tile panels and it is available to host corporate, sporting and cultural events with a maximum capacity for cocktails of 2,900 guests.  
·        The brand new five star IBEROSTAR Lisboa is located in the heart of the city and features 166 rooms and suites, superb local and international cuisine, an outdoor pool with terrace bar and a spectacular spa and wellness centre.   Six function rooms include cutting-edge audiovisual equipment and the 400m2 ballroom can be divided into three spaces for hosting everything from a romantic wedding to an exclusive corporate event.    

The WEB Summit, which took place from 6-9 November, featured around 60,000 participants and over 1,000 speakers including Al Gore, former French President François Hollande, Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres and CEOs, Chairmen and Presidents of global technology giants including Reddit, Intel, Oracle and Microsoft, as well as the CTO of amazon.com.  It is the latest in a series of high profile congresses held in Lisbon this year, including the 53rd EASD Annual Meeting and the Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons  

Just 1-3 hours from most European cities and 5-8 hours from North America, and with an airport only 15 minutes from the city centre, Lisbon is perfectly located for global events.    With superb infrastructure and services, the city is also great value for money and is Western Europe’s most affordable capital city according to the annual Post Office City Costs Barometer. Lisbon is the sunniest capital in Europe with a mild climate that is perfect for events all year round and its sandy beaches, just 20 minutes from the city centre, make it the perfect place to combine business events with leisure and incentive programmes.   

From the UK, there are direct flights to Lisbon operating from London, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair. TAP Portugal has also just announced a new flight route between London City airport and Lisbon, making this the third London airport with services to the Portuguese capital. From Ireland, there are direct flights to Lisbon operating from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

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