9th GHAC



About Portugal


With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the   world.  Come and discover the charms of this country too.



Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean.  Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain.
The Azores are situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. They have an area of 2,355 km2 and consist of nine islands - São Miguel and Santa Maria in the Eastern Group, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the Central Group and Flores and Corvo in the Western Group. It takes about two hours to get from the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane.

The Madeira Archipelago has an area of 741 km2 and lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the European   continent (1½ hours flying time from Lisbon). It consists of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens islands, which are nature reserves.



Mainland Portugal

The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.
In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski. 


Portugal has a population of about 10 million. 
The population density is at its greatest in Lisbon, the capital and its suburbs, where about 1.9 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Oporto in the north. 
Generally speaking, there are more people living in the country’s coastal regions than in the inland areas.


The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal.


From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent, and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages.

All about Portugal

Conference Venue


Long considered Lisbon’s premier luxury hotel and located right in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon provides a glorious bird’s-eye view of the city's stunning historic sites – and makes the perfect starting point for exploring its unique architecture. Designed with the intention of marking Lisbon’s name internationally and adding to the prestige of the Portuguese hotel industry, the Hotel is truly a landmark establishment in all senses of the word.  


WFP hold no liability for above information, please check with the nearest Swiss embassy or consulate to confirm above
information in regard to the visa requirements.

Entry Formalities

EU.png Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland need only an identity card to enter Portugal.
In addition to their identity card, minors must also present authorization from their parents to travel.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and
Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras,
srael, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino,
Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China in
Hong Kong and Macao and Taiwan territorial Authority.
Citizens from countries not mentioned above need avisa to enter Portugal, which may be requested at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate of their
country for stays of up to 90 days.

Under the terms of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, flights between Schengen states are considered to be internal flights and passengers do not need to obtain another visa.

Hotel Accommodation

hotel.png Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon InterContinental Lisbon Address: R. Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 1099-039 Lisboa, Portugal external_link.png Address: R. Castilho 149, 1099-034 Lisboa, Portugal external_link.png Phone: +351 21 381 1400 Phone: +351 21 381 8700 * special rates for GHAC delegates apply, contacts the event organizer
for more info
Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Radisson Blu Hotel, Lisbon Address: Av. da Liberdade 127, 1269-038 Lisboa, Portugal external_link.png Address: 390 390, Av. Mal. Craveiro Lopes 9, 1749-009 Lisboa, Portugal external_link.png Phone: +351 21 322 8300 Phone: +351 21 004 5000 DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon - Fontana Park Address: R. Eng. Vieira da Silva 2, 1050-105 Lisboa, Portugal external_link.png Phone: +351 21 041 0600

Maximizing the event

Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before the conference is scheduled to start. This will give you enough time to have breakfast and register. The conference will start promptly, be sure to be on time.
Collection of conference documentation and identification badges will take place on 11th October 2017 from 08:00 to 09:00 at the registration desk adjacent to the conference room in the Foyer area. Participants are requested to wear their identification badge provided at registration at all times throughout the conference.
After each break change your seats to ensure you meet as many people as possible. Sit next to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. If you are attending with a colleague split up! You will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees during the breaks and dinner, make sure you will have enough business cards to be able to network effectively.

A free of charge dinner will be served on the 11th October 2017, we hope you will join us in this important social event, it offers a great opportunity to network with fellow attendees in a more relaxed atmosphere.
As a courtesy to the Guest Speakers and other Delegates, please turn your mobile phones off, or on silent mode whilst in the conference room.

You will be given the opportunity to comment on the conference with our evaluation form that will be communicated electronically after the conference end. We really want to know what you think.
From time to time we use participant’s photographs in our promotional material, by virtue of your attendance, you agree to the use of your likeness in such material.
Please wait for the microphone to reach you and state your name and company before asking your question.
Presentation material, pictures and evaluation form from the conference will be available online at the soonest possible after the event ending


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