The portuguese capital is once again represented at the event through Invest Lisboa, with a collective stand which includes the municipality of Lisbon, which is at the event promoting projects such as the Operação Integrada de Entrecampos (integrated Operation of Entrecampos) or the Programa de Renda Acessível (Affordable Rent Program), besides several startups, since «the city is internationally recognised for its entrepreneurship», says Rui Coelho, from Invest Lisboa, to VI/IP
«Here we present Lisbon as a city which is growing in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship, like Telaviv, Eindhoven, Stockholm. We came here to show our investment opportunities», finishes Duarte Cordeiro, vice-president of the municipality, who is participating in the event as a speaker in a conference about startups. «We come here every year, and it makes sense to increase our presence at this exhibit, because from here we make a stand and try to attract investment»
This year, the collective stand from Invest Lisboa has the presence of the municipality of Oeiras who participate in the event for the first time, which «is very important to promote the region internationally», considers Rui Coelho.
«We also have with us Lisbon South Bay, B. Prime, MLGTS, GPA Advogados, SGAL, Portugal Premium, Onara Partners, Casafari, WLA Properties, and other partners», he adds, concluding that «the outcome of the event is very positive. All the tables are full, our partners are having a lot of meetings. It’s only with everyone’s help that we can promote the Lisbon region at such a demanding and professional event as Expo Real».
Barcelona confirms its stability
Barcelona is present at Expo Real for the 10th consecutive year, confirming this year its stability and attractiveness for real estate investment.
Xavier Mayo, in charge of the International Economic Promotion of the Ayuntamiento of Barcelona, explains to VI that Barcelona’s presence is «very positive. We had a stronger presence from the private and the public sectors. It is a joy to be able to maintain this presence at the event, as one of the few regions from Southern Europe».
«The message we want to pass is that Barcelona and Catalunya are moving forward and keep being able to attract investors. We want for international companies to settle in our cities and in our territory . The region has a very dynamic and attractive economy which presents multiple opportunities for international investors, in particular in the Mediterranean logistics corridor, the hospitality sector in the Barcelona area and coworking. We bring real offers for real estate players», he finishes.
Porto: «Expo Real is the place to be»
This year, the Porto municipality also participates at Expo Real as a visitor with a particular focus on attracting investment.
For Ricardo Valente, councilman in charge of Economy, Tourism and Commerce at Porto City Council, «Expo Real is the place to be, it’s an event with a focus on investment and the big European investors. And Porto is already capable of leading a strategy to invest in medium-sized European cities. We want to place Porto on the map and, for us, Expo Real is clearly a gateway for investment», he tells VI/IP.
Technology and innovation mark the trends this year
Technology, innovation and prop tech are the hottest trends this year at Expo Real.
The Real Estate Innovation Forum is a space dedicated to this year’s theme, gathering several specialists who will share their experience and give specific advice concerning the digital transformation within real estate, investment, management and operations, planning and construction, market, cities and urbanism which will the top issues until the 10th.