Thousands of visitors took advantage of the opportunity to speak to a wide variety of businesses at this year’s BLiP EXPO in the Portimão Arena over last weekend and many of those exhibitors have already expressed their satisfaction with the outcome.
The President of the Portimão Câmara, Isilda Gomes, toured the Exhibition on Saturday afternoon accompanied by Michael Reeve (CEO of the organisers afpop) and Chris Ireland, President of afpop’s Management Council and met many of the Exhibitors. In a televised interview she praised the event and its important role in raising the profile of Portimão amongst the resident and business community.
Introduced by João Fernandes, Vice President of the Regional Tourism Agency, a series of presentations was made to the foreign resident community at the event to introduce new routes from Faro Airport, initiatives to encourage walking and cycling in the Algarve and the 365 Algarve programme aimed at levelling out seasonal peaks and troughs with a year-round calendar of events.
The Bombeiros were also at the exhibition providing advice on fire safety in the home and garden and demonstrating CPR for humans as well as first aid for animals! Marking the 90th anniversary of the Portimão Bombeiros, there was a display of equipment from times gone by and which will form part of an exhibition in the Portimão Museum later in the year.
Plans are now under way for next year’s BLiP EXPO and stands are already being reserved by satisfied exhibitors.