by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 27, 2013
Fast Facts
• Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of the Portuguese economy, so it's good news that the number of hotel guests from the U.S. was up in January and February by 11.2 percent over 2012.

• The 161,462-square-foot Lisbon Congress Center has five exhibit halls and 41 meeting rooms.

• City museums that welcome private groups include the National Coach Museum (, the National Tile Museum (, the National Museum of Ancient Art (, the Orient Museum Foundation ( and the Maritime Museum (
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Despite ongoing economic woes in Portugal, hotel companies continue to invest in Lisbon, helping to shore up the tourism business there. The capital city is number 15 on the International Congress and Convention Association's list of the top 20 cities for international association meetings, having hosted 106 such events in 2012.

Hotel News
March was a busy month for Lisbon, as four hotels debuted.

The Epic Sana Lisboa Hotel is the largest of the four with 311 rooms and 19,000 square feet of meeting space. The property has two restaurants: the Scale Lobby Bar and the rooftop Up Scale Bar. An infinity pool sits on top of the hotel.

The 140-room Hotel 3K Europa debuted March 20 on the Avenida da República. The property, 10 minutes from Lisbon International Airport, offers five meeting rooms; the largest spans 1,800 square feet.

Two boutique properties that opened in March are the 50-room Beautique Hotels Figueira in Figueira Square and the 49-room Olissippo Saldanha near Saldanha Square.

The 139-room DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon-Fontana Park, which opened last month, features nine meeting rooms. Oriental fusion fare is served in Bonsai, while fresh seafood is the hallmark of a second on-site restaurant, Saldanha Mar.

The 72-room Fontecruz Lisboa is now a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection. The hotel features approximately 3,500 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant serving Portuguese and Spanish dishes, and a Champagne bar.

Ongoing renovations at the 300-room Hotel Altis will finish up at year's end. All guest rooms have been redone, and work is continuing on the first-floor lounge, the spa and the pool.

In the Air
SATA Airlines is running a summertime schedule of daily flights between Boston and Portugal through October.

TAP Portugal and Emirates Airlines now offer codeshare flights between Lisbon and Dubai and through to Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Singapore.