A real testament to the best the Algarve has to offer, glorious sunshine and summer-like temperatures welcomed guests to the inaugural ‘Living in the Algarve’ seminar event held at the Tivoli Carvoeiro hotel on Thursday, April 14.
A total of just over 100 people registered for the first in a series of events that aims to show why the Algarve continues to be one of the world’s best places to call home.
Organised by the Open Media Group, publishers of the Portugal Resident, the Living in the Algarve events are planned to attract both visitors to the Algarve who may be considering moving here and foreign nationals who already live here and/or own a home in the region and are interested in learning more about issues surrounding residency.
Hailing the first ‘Living in the Algarve’ event a success, Bruce Hawker, CEO of the Open Media Group, said: “The great weather did keep a few people away, but this actually worked in our favour as the maximum capacity we had was only for 55 people in each of the seminar sessions and the few empty seats allowed for more space for everyone and allowed guests easier access to our event partners before and after the sessions.”
Expert speakers addressing the audience were Dan Henderson and Adrian Hook from Blevins Franks (tax and financial advice), Shelley Wren from the Sovereign Group (tax and financial advice), Bruce Hawker, also a director at Fine & Country Algarve (real estate company), Dr Pedro Rosado from Rosado Advogados (law firm), and Michael Reeve from AFPOP (Portugal’s largest association for foreign residents).
Topics covered included tax issues affecting expats with a focus on the NHR (non-habitual residence scheme), residency for Brits and non-EU nationals, and advice on options such as the D7 visa and the Golden Visa, legal aspects surrounding property ownership, information about the local property market and other matters of interest for those looking to start a new life in the Algarve.
Two identical seminar sessions were held in the morning and afternoon, with guests invited to meet the speakers and their teams whilst enjoying tasting wines from the Quinta dos Vales winery in Estômbar.
“I would like to extend our special thanks to the management and staff of the Tivoli Carvoeiro hotel for their excellent service and facilities, as well as to our event partners and all of my team at Open Media who pulled together to help make this first event such a success,” said Bruce.
“Feedback both from visitors and from our event partners has been unanimously positive and we are now working together to plan our next event which we hope to stage in June in the Lagos area,” he added.
The Open Media Group plans to hold regular ‘Living in the Algarve’ events at different locations along the Algarve throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.livinginthealgarve.pt