BTL with redoubled focus on conferences and talks

The 34th edition of the fair will host conferences, talks and other initiatives spread across seven different areas. Artificial intelligence, sustainability, experiences and technological solutions will be highlighted.

For its 34th edition, which starts on the 28th of February, BTL – Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa reinforced its focus on content for professionals and consumers, with the organization and hosting of several initiatives.

Spread across seven distinct areas over the five days of the fair, these contents seek to affirm BTL as a space for discussion, exchange of ideas and promotion of knowledge, both for tourism professionals and the end public.

An example of this is the various initiatives that will take place in the AVK Auditorium. On February 28th, the first day of BTL, the highlight will be the CNN Portugal Summit “Portugal Tour”, organized by CNN Portugal, which will debate the main challenges of national tourism. The session will feature a privileged panel of guests, composed of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (President of the Republic), José Manuel Bolieiro (President of the Regional Government of the Azores), Carlos Moedas (President of the Lisbon City Council), Cristina Siza Vieira (Vice -Executive President of AHP), João Oliveira e Costa (CEO of BPI), Mário Ferreira (CEO of Douro Azul), Pedro Santos Guerreiro (Executive Director of CNN Portugal) and Anselmo Crespo (Director of New Content at TVI/CNN Portugal).

The AVK Auditorium will also host a talk on regenerative tourism, organized by Nova SBE Westmont Institute of Tourism & Hospitality, a session on the new tourism 4.0 business model, organized by the Catholic University of Lisbon, and a conference on wine tourism promoted by the newspaper Publituris. The space will host the third edition of the “Smart and Green Tourism” conference, promoted by Ambitur magazine, which will feature a prominent panel including Carlos Abade (President of Turismo de Portugal), José Lopes (Country Manager at easyJet), Eduardo Cabrita (General Director of MSC Cruzeiros in Portugal), Maria João Calha (Sustainability Manager of TAP), Gonçalo Rebelo de Almeida (consultant and former administrator of the Vila Galé group), among other renowned speakers. Still on the AVK Stage, during public hours, there will be performances by “The Sweet Girls” by Finally Club; “Drags Show” by Posh Lisbon, Show by Leandro Buenno, among others.

In turn, on the BPI Stage, tourism professionals will be able to find out more about how artificial intelligence is being worked on in the sector in sessions promoted by NEST and Microsoft. Good governance practices, humanization, the value of experiences, technological innovation and sustainability will also be the subject of reflection in conferences organized, over the three professional days of the fair, by AMROP, European University, BTL, NEST, BPI and RIPTUR.

The BTL Lab by Pousadas da Juventude will once again host sessions dedicated to innovation and technological solutions for tourism. Revenue management, data technology, good financial planning practices, gamified self-guided tours and photography will be some of the topics highlighted in this area of BTL, which will welcome companies such as XLR8 RMS, Cloudbeds, Bedsrevenue, Fairmas GmbH, Explorial and Fujifilm.

The 34th edition of BTL – Lisbon Tourism Exchange will take place from February 28th to March 3rd, 2024, at FIL – Parque das Nações.

Up-to-the-minute information for exhibitors and visitors can be found on the BTL – Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa website.

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