by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2016
Travelers from the United States have taken to heart that Portugal is one of the most affordable countries in Europe to visit. Since 2010, the number of U.S. visitors has nearly tripled, from 150,000 to 400,000 in 2015.
Aiding such arrivals this year are seven direct flights to the country from the States. TAP Portugal flies to and from Boston Logan, New York's JFK, Newark Liberty and Miami airports; SATA serves Boston and Providence, R.I.; American flies to Portugal from Philadelphia; and United is the choice for those arriving from Washington, D.C.

Much of the major meetings-related action is found in and around Lisbon, the capital city.

New in town is the 83-room Vincci Liberdade, which has taken over a 1910 building and features a 700-square-foot meeting room that is divisible into two.

The Sheraton brand arrived just outside of Lisbon in Cascais in February. The Sheraton Cascais Resort features 44 rooms and 102 one- to three-bedroom suites, all with kitchenettes or fully equipped kitchens. The property has about 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

Renovations of the elevators and the fitness center have been completed at the 331-room InterContinental Lisbon. The hotel can host events for up to 450 people.

Other properties to consider in the city include the 300-room Altis Grand Hotel, the 518-room Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, the 262-room Dom Pedro Palace Hotel, the 311-room Epic Sana Lisboa Hotel and the 282-room Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.

In April, the 18th-century Church of São Julião took on new life as the Bank of Portugal's Money Museum. The interactive space, built for live concerts, exhibits and more, tells the history of gold, banknotes and exchanges around the world.

Opening this month in Lisbon's Belem district is the Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology. The building's curvy design will feature flexible exhibition halls, as well as outdoor public space by the Tagus River.

"Forests Underwater" is the current exhibition at the Lisbon Oceanarium, the best aquarium in the world according to TripAdvisor's 2015 Travelers' Choice awards. The facility has three event rooms and a terrace.