Culturally rich and very attractive in terms of price-quality ratio, Lisbon has an excellent image in leisure tourism as well as in business tourism.
In fact, the capital of Portugal benefits from the presence of various infrastructures and high capacity venues to receive business clientele. In order to stimulate the economy, Lisbon and its tourism sector have made a focus on this type of clientele and privatizations allowed the city to climb in the ranking of top cities for organizing international events published by the ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association).
Nowadays, Lisbon gathers about 80% of the income from the “Meeting Industry” sector in Portugal. With the combination of culture, low prices, historical heritage, architectural infrastructures and very favorable weather, Lisbon has managed to attract leisure as well as business tourism.
In 2017, the port of Lisbon welcomed 502,000 cruise passengers and the Lisbon Humberto Delgado airport handled 26 million air passengers, up 15% from 2016. Over the past three years, the airport gained more than 7 million passengers. As a result of this recent surge, the creation in Montijo of a new civil airport targeting low cost companies is currently under study. Meanwhile, a new 13,000 m2 cruise terminal will open in 2017. A Jewish history museum will also open in 2017 in the Alfama district. Works on the extension of the yellow metro line between Rato and Cais de Sodré are currently under way; this new section is expected to be delivered in 2021.
As of January 1, 2018 corporate chain supply gathered 14,642 rooms.
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