The Autonomous Region of the Azores is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. The islands are characterised by dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and hedgerows of blue hydrangeas. The Azores, along with the archipelagos of Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, constitute the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, a name which means "fortunate islands" for those who live there and visit them.

The islands of the archipelago are divided into three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel; the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial; and the Western Group, composed of Corvo and Flores.

For the last twenty years, tourism has come to play an increasingly important part in the Azorean economy, where a firm focus on protecting the local environmental has helped to ensure that its natural beauty and heritage remains firmly intact while offering truly unique experiences to visitors – all topped by fantastic Portuguese hospitality.

Visitors to the Azores can count on seeing and experiencing plenty of natural wonders, from lakes and mountains, forest reserves and natural and recreational parks to protected landscape areas and endemic flora and fauna, combined with a wide range of activities that include whale watching, trekking, diving, fishing, canyoning and kayaking.

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The Travel Convention will be staged on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous of the nine Portuguese islands that form the Azores.

Considered to be ‘one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, according to National Geographic, ‘The Green Island’ is also the Administrative capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada, São Miguel’s capital and the host city for the Convention, is a charming location with some wonderful old-world buildings and restaurants offering the very best in Portuguese cuisine.

As a visit to Ponta Delgada without exploring would definitely be a missed opportunity, a host of excursions designed to showcase the natural beauty of the Portuguese archipelago have been organised in parallel to the business sessions and networking events. These include a Whale Watching Boat excursion and visits to three land-based local points of interest, including: Lagoa Do Fogo (Fire Lake) and Caldeira Velha nature reserve; Sete Cidades volcanic crater, one of the seven Wonders of Portugal; and Furnas Valley, with its lake, hot springs and famous Terra Nostra garden.

The centre of São Miguel is located just a fifteen minute drive from João Paulo II Airport (named after Pope John Paul II).

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