Lisbon, Portugal (Photo by WeSetupYourWebViewApp on Unsplash)

Lisbon’s Short-Term Rentals: Occupancy Plummets, But Some Signs of Recovery

The tidal wave of travel cancellations that came along with the coronavirus pandemic upended usual accommodation patterns and put heavy pressure on occupancy levels across the world. Portugal was no exception, with its always-bustling capital now much quieter than usual and a large number of its hotel rooms and vacation rentals remaining dormant.    Exclusive…

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COVID-19 Stifles Supply of New Short-Term Rental Listings in Portugal

The number of new listings coming onto the short-term rental market in Portugal has plunged as lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus paralyzed the sector. Only 6,000 new properties have been listed across the country this year so far—the lowest figure since 2015, according to exclusive statistics provided to Via News. Out of…

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What Will Web Summit 2020 Look Like?

Last year around this time, tech enthusiasts were preparing themselves to travel to Lisbon to attend Web Summit—one of the largest annual gatherings of entrepreneurs and investors in the world. But much has changed since last year. The world has turned almost upside down by a virus that is responsible for an unprecedented pandemic with…

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Startup Portugal acts as a medium between the government, entrepreneurs, incubators, and accelerators. (Photo source: Startup Portugal)

Startup Portugal Aims to Ease Talent Attraction, Collaborative Investment

Startup Portugal is taking steps toward attracting more foreign entrepreneurs and facilitating the collaboration between international and local investors, says a senior official at the public-private think tank. “We have to be able to attract entrepreneurs to Portugal faster and more easily,” João Mendes Borga, director at Startup Portugal, told Via News in a recent…

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Rance Hesketh, a senior entrepreneurial executive and a former instructor at Copenhagen Business School, says there should be a stronger collaboration between universities and industry in Portugal. (Photo by Elham P.Mohammadi)

Universities, Businesses in Portugal Need to Forge Closer Ties

A stronger collaboration between universities and industry can help unlock the untapped business potential in Portugal and positively impact the economy, says a senior entrepreneurial executive. “I think creating more candidates, more talent, and more opportunities for that talent to interact with the business community prior to completing their studies is a big piece of…

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