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October 13, 2016 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

The luxury five-star Corinthia Lisbon Hotel is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the 33.7m Euros (approx. $37.56m) of upgrades and additions unveiled last week to Lisbon’s tourism infrastructure over the next three years.20161010-1529_m
Located a short distance from the historic city center, Corinthia Lisbon will provide easy access to the planned building of a Jewish Museum in the medieval quarter of Alfama, for example, due to open by 2019.

This exciting new attraction is one of several on the drawing board to be financed by Lisbon’s Tourism Development Fund. The Fund, financed by revenue from a tax levied on visitors to the city*, will provide 18.2m Euros (approx. $20.29m) of the total 33.7m Euros ($37.56m) being allocated for the range of tourism projects.

The other projects include upgrading the Ajuda National Palace, an Interpretation Center for the vast 25 April suspension bridge, a new Sul e Sueste boat terminal in the center of the city, a center dedicated to the maritime Discoveries at a location yet to be decided, improved signage for tourists, CCTV at popular tourist sites, an expanded events program and protection of historic shops.

Lisbon City Mayor Fernando Medina has hailed the plans as enormously significant: “(They have) an enormous capacity to increase our attractiveness, but above all our quality of life,” he said.

Roderick Micallef, General Manager of Corinthia Lisbon, said: ‘I welcome the news of these fabulous new attractions in the city over the next few years. Our hotel welcomes tourists from around the world and these developments will give more reasons to come and stay and discover Lisbon.”

Just last week (October 5, 2016) a new and innovative museum opened in the city. Museu de Arts, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (the Museum of Art, Architecture&Technology, or MAAT for short), opened along the banks of the Tagus River in the Belem district. Spanning two buildings, it is housed in a former power station and a new-build designed by British architectural firm AL_A. The Museum, under the directorship of Pedro Gadanho, a former curator of contemporary architecture at New York’s MoMA, will showcase contemporary culture through visual arts, new media, architecture, technology and science. MAAT is part of an exciting urban revitalization program along Lisbon’s historic waterfront.

Corinthia Lisbon provides 518 rooms including 24 Executive Suites, one Ambassador Suite and one Presidential Suite. Its location affords stunning views over the 18th-century Aqueduct and the beautiful Monsanto Natural Park. The hotel’s Sete Collins and Tipico restaurants offer a fusion of innovative Portuguese, contemporary Mediterranean and international cuisine while the Terrace Lounge offers al fresco dining and lounging. The Spa and Wellness Club is lavishly spread over 3,500 square meters providing face-and-body-ritual luxury suites, a state-of-the-art Acqua area, heated indoor swimming pool, natural solarium and fully equipped gym. The hotel’s Executive Lounge boasts commanding views over the city, and the Conference Centre offers unparalleled levels of elegance, connectivity and intuitive service, with a capacity for up to 1,400 delegates. The hotel opened in 2004, and is a 21st-century upscale hotel located seven kilometers from the airport and with excellent public transportation links.

Lisbon’s Tourism Development Fund. The Fund is sourced by a 1 Euro (approx. $1.11) per head per night tourist tax.

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