活动组委会负责人曼努埃尔·特谢拉在接受当地媒体采访时表示，为了刺激本国时尚产业有发展，给更多年轻设计师展示才华的机会，组委会还特别安排 了一个名为“花朵绽放”的展示单元，重点展示葡萄牙年轻设计师的作品。他还说，本届时装周有包括路易斯·布希尼奥、米格尔·维埃拉在内的众多葡知名设计师 参加，将为所有时尚爱好者带来一场来自时装界的饕餮盛宴。
Rich Chinese look to Europe
A rising number of wealthy Chinese are moving to Europe because their favored destination, Canada, has been scaling back entry. Hong Kong-based immigration consultants are trying to provide would-be migrants with alternative programs.
This is an immigration agency in Hong Kong. Canada recently canceled its investor visa program, and consultants here are recommending alternative programs to their clients.
"You can spend 500,000 Euros to buy a property in Portugal, then you can get residency." Cy Wong with UNI Immigration Consultancy Ltd. Said.
Portugal the surprise hero of eurozone growth as exports and tourism prosper
Tearful farewells have become a common sight at Lisbon’s Portela airport. Three years of punishing austerity and deep recession have triggered an exodus where an estimated 200 young graduates and other emigrants leave each day.
But nearby, the airport’s busy cargo terminals and bustling shopping malls reveal a less familiar aspect of the painful economic adjustment Portugal is making as part of a €78bn international bailout agreement: record levels of export growth and tourism have helped make the country the surprise hero of the eurozone recovery.
Year-on-year growth of 1.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2013 outstripped every other eurozone member, including Germany, while quarterly growth of 0.5 per cent, topped only by the Netherlands, shattered economists’ forecasts of only a 0.1 per cent increase.
Describing Portugal as the “eurozone’s new growth star”, Christian Schulz, a senior economist with Berenberg, says the EU’s sovereign debt crisis has been the “handmaid of change”, forcing peripheral member states such as Portugal to make “sweeping structural reforms” and improve their export competitiveness.
Travel: Porto named Best European Destination 2014 – Portugal
Porto, the second Portuguese largest city, was elected for the second time “Best European Destination” of the year, by the European Consumers Choice, it was announced Thursday.
Porto was first awarded the honor in 2012. Last year the title was won by Istanbul.
Porto won with 14.8% of the votes, followed by Zagreb, Vienna, Nicosia, Budapest, the island of Madeira, Milan, Madrid, Berlin and Rome the other destinations in the top ten. The voting was carried online involving multiple social networks. (...)
Champions League Ball with Portuguese Theme to Make Debut in Last 16
On the eve of the Champions League knockout stage, Adidas have unveiled a new ball with a Portuguese theme, celebrating the tournament final taking place in Lisbon later this year.
According to this Adidas press release, the Finale Lisbon Official Match Ball tells a story:
The design inspiration of the ball this year is a celebration of Portugal's legacy as a proud sea-going nation. The different shades of blue reflect the importance that both sky and sea have played in Lisbon’s nautical history. The orange is a testament to the capital city’s orange-roofed houses, which can be seen from the numerous viewpoints scattered throughout Lisbon´s several hills.
If you thought football could be played without celebrating Portugal's sea-faring legacy, then you are sorely mistaken.
Still, it's an exciting design, and created the perfect opportunity to position it beside an eagle in the Estadio da Luz.
And it doesn't yet have its own Twitter account like the Brazuca World Cup ball, which is probably a good thing.
7 reasons Lisbon could be Europe's coolest city
(CNN) -- What makes a city "cool"?
If it means being loaded with atmosphere, charm, great food and nightlife, yet ignored by the bulk of travelers, then Lisbon deserves consideration as Europe's coolest capital.
10 of the best free museums in Europe
We like to grumble, but when it comes to museums, we've got it pretty good in the UK, with free entry to many major museums. In London, for example, it's possible to pop into places like the National Gallery, the British Museum or the Tate on your lunch break without making a dent in your sandwich money. Most museums in Europe do charge an entry fee, but there are still plenty of opportunities for budget travellers to get a free culture fix. Many cities have adopted a free first Sundays scheme, giving visitors access to the permanent collections once a month, while many other museums offer free entry on other days. And of course there are still museums around Europe that offer free entry every day. Some may be small, specialised, or hard to get to – such as the Florence Nightingale Museum in Istanbul – but many, such as the Modern Art Museum in Paris, or the Berardo Collection in Lisbon, are just as grand and comprehensive as their pricier counterparts. Here are 10 free museums across the continent that are worth checking out.
Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon
A recent, and impressive, addition to Lisbon's list of cultural attractions, the Berardo Museum opened its collection of modern and contemporary art to the public in 2007. The modern space is filled with vibrant works by all the hard-hitting pop artists, such as Warhol, Pollock and Lichtenstein, as well as greats such as Picasso, Baco and Dali. Regular temporary exhibitions focus on specific artists or themes: there's a wonderful display of vintage posters you simply wish you could own, selected from the museum's unparalleled collection of advertising art.
48 hours in Lisbon
Room with a view: We recommend a suite with plenty of closet space in this hidden gem of a new opening. Old-world charm: Head to traditional outfitters Chapelaria Azevedo Rua and the Luvaria Ulisses for hats or gloves. Conserveira de Lisboa also provides a taste of the city’s history. Coffee stop: Open-air kiosks are the perfect pit stop for a pastel de nata (custard tart) or quick caffeine hit. (page 278) Shopping: Opened this September to foster retail entrepreneurs and budding businesses, the stunning Embaixada shopping centre, located in Príncipe Real, has a mix of great retail propositions. Cocktails: Entrepreneur Nuno Faria’s after-hours haunt Bistro 100 Maneiras is the perfect place to chink a glass after a day on the cobblestonesPortugal’s southern-most region continues to rake in the awards. This past weekend, the Algarve was voted Europe’s Best Golf Destination for 2014, beating off challenges from several illustrious destinations across the continent.
Algarve elected Europe’s best Golf Destination of 2014
The awards, staged in Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain are voted for by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), whose specialist golf tour operator members now number 516 from 62 different countries. They considered criteria such as customer satisfaction; quality of golf courses and accommodation; value for money; support from suppliers, tourist boards & airlines; professional conduct of suppliers; and accessibility to tee times, when casting their votes. The IAGTO awards are the highest accolade for golfing destinations. The Algarve beat off the challenges of other nominees which included Dublin and Central Ireland, Gran Canary, the Scottish Highlands, the French Riviera, and Lisbon’s own Golf Coast. Desidério Silva, President of the Algarve Tourism Board stressed after the awards that golf tourism is of the utmost importance to the Algarve, with nearly one million rounds played per year. “With a choice of 40 golf courses, the Algarve is the perfect place for players to indulge their passion. Year after year, the organisational capabilities and the professionalism from the local golf industry have enabled us to respond to the trust placed in us by the international golf tour operators, who have greatly honoured us by selecting the Algarve as Europe’s number one golf destination”, explained Desidério Silva. IAGTO’s Chief Executive, Peter Walton, added: “The annual golf holiday is the highlight of the golfing year for many of the world’s 55 million players, and the IAGTO Awards serve to reward a few exceptional contributions to this world of golf travel. The Awards serve also to encourage private and public sector organisations to work closely together in the development and promotion of new and existing golf destinations, making them accessible to and enjoyable by the widest range of golfers. Each year we recognise the performance of three of the world’s leading Golf Resorts, the flagships of our industry, together with one outstanding golf destination.” Portugal is also nominated in the category of Best European Golf Destination at this year’s World Travel Awards. The winners are to be announced at the end of the month.