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Posted by portugalpress on October 26, 2017

Last Monday, October 23 saw the third Moving to Portugal event, organised by the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London, take place at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel.

The Algarve Resident, as part of the Open Media Group, is proud to have been present as official media partner, ensuring that visitors took away a copy of last week’s special edition, including a 16-page Moving to Portugal supplement, along with our sister publication Essential Algarve magazine.

The event comprised a seminar session, repeated three times over the course of the day, with presentations from the various companies present covering property, tax, legal, healthcare and currency exchange.

A total of 629 people attended the event filling the seminar to its capacity of 200 for all three sessions, after which guests spent time talking directly with representatives of the companies present.

The level of serious interest was palpable and the increase in visitor numbers over the last event held in May is a clear sign that growing numbers of people in the UK are seriously looking to leave the country ahead of Brexit.

At the beginning of each seminar session, Christina Hippisley, general manager of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, asked visitors for a show of hands with various questions, revealing that around half of those present were looking at moving to the Algarve, with most of the other half considering the Lisbon region and a small but significant number looking at northern Portugal.

When asked how many people were planning on buying a property in Portugal, at least two-thirds of hands in the room shot up.

Whilst many of the people attending were looking at retiring to Portugal, attracted no doubt by the benefits of the NHR tax regime alongside lifestyle and security, there were large numbers of working-age visitors looking at relocating to Portugal as a career move, especially to Lisbon. Whilst the Algarve continues to receive praise in survey after survey as the best place in the world to retire, Lisbon is becoming more and more as one of the most liveable cities in Europe.

The event was a resounding success, exceeding the expectations of all involved. Christina Hippisley and her team at the Portuguese Chamber in London are to be congratulated on organising another excellent event.

By BRUCE HAWKER

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