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Lisbon and Porto “shine” at the Expo Real this week
08 October 2019 | Ana Tavares

Confirming the country’s attractiveness, Lisbon and Porto are present at the 2019 edition of the Expo Real, which takes place between the 7th and the 9th of October in Munich, Germany and which expects to receive around 45.000 participants.

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In a collective stand, as has been the case of the last 5 editions, Lisbon is represented through Invest Lisboa, promoting the city and the region to real estate investors and potential partners.

The great novelty is Porto, which debuts this year with its own collective stand, represented by Invest Porto and by the departments of Urbanism and Economy, Tourism and Commerce, besides companies attached to the sector such as CCA Law Firm, CIVILRIA, Lucios, PLMJ, Predibisa, Sonae Capital, Telles and VPM. The goal is to stand out as a strategic investment hub.

Porto also featured in the conference «Porto – a new investment opportunity», which took place this Monday and attracted more international investors. The councilman for Economy, Tourism and Commerce Ricardo Valente; the associate director for Predibisa, Ana Jordão; partner at CCA Law Firm, Maria Santa Martha, and Lucios Real Estate’s CEO, Hugo Lima took part in the conference.

Sonae Sierra also participates in Expo Real with its own stand.

Claudia Boymanns, director at Expo Real, commented in an interview to VI that «Portugal remains very attractive for investors, and Expo Real is the ideal event to establish contacts with all the partners for future projects in this promising market».

400 experts in an agenda filled with conferences and debates

Subjects such as innovation, technology, prop tech, urban growth, the future of the European Union or the value chain of real estate will be addressed at the Expo Real, according to the fair’s director. The event has the input of more than 400 experts on all the different subjects.

Questioned on what are the main challenges for real estate in Europe in the near future, Claudia Boymanns identifies access to housing, monetary policies (interest rates), lack of spaces, lack of skilled labour and the sector’s digitalization.

Last year, Expo Real gathered more than 2.000 exhibitors from more than 41 countries and 45.058 participants from 72 countries. This year it will have 2.127 exhibitors.