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The 45th FIPP World Media Congress again takes place in the pretty coastal town of Cascais, on the outskirts of Lisbon in Portugal.

Book your Hotel

Cascais is incredibly popular and hotels can be hard to come by.

We have, however, worked with our travel and accommodation partner Savile Row Travel to reserve rooms at the venue hotel – Pestana Cidadela – and other hotels in the nearby vicinity at a special Congress rate.

Contact Savile Row Travel via email at [email protected] or call them on +44 1491 575 987.

Pestana Cidadela Cascais is a luxury hotel in Cascais. Near the village center and several beaches, Pousada Cascais will provide you with a great stay.

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The Cascais Cidadela dates from the 15th Century. In more recent years, it was modernised and houses a Presidential guest house, art museum, coffee shop, conference facilities, the luxury Pestana hotel, gym, spa and more. It forms part of the development of a wider Art District, including in the marina directly outside the Citadel restaurants, bars and shops, and is close to Cascais’ town.

As you walk into the archway leading into the Cidadela, you will know you are on Congress Campus. Around you, you will find rooms with different speaker and round table stages, expo areas, coffee stations and meeting areas, the Congress Hotel & Spa.

Best of all, you will find media colleagues from around the world joining you there!

Luxury Hotel Cascais Restaurant

About / Us.

Co-founded by Cobus Heyl and John Schlaefli, Di5rupt (“disrupt”) is a startup but its portfolio includes brands stretching back almost a century.

In June 2022, we organised, hosted and sold out the 44th FIPP World Media Congress on license for the first time. Also in June, we launched our first proprietary product in conjunction with World News Media Network – a seminar on First-Party Data Strategies. Our second wholly-owned is Media Makers Meet (Mx3 Berlin), which focuses on innovation in B2B as special interest media verticals.

We further provide content, commercial and marketing services to 3rd parties such as for the FIPP – Connecting Global Media’s Insider events (international speaker acquisition and sponsorship sales) and Google and FT Strategies’ digital immersion weeks.

With direct access to multiple media and tech experts around the world, Di5rupt taps into an extensive knowledge ecosystem in developing and delivering its product and service portfolio. 

Based in the United Kingdom, Di5rupt operates across international markets.

Cobus Heyl
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Focus areas:
General management
Content & Marketing

John Schlaefli
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Focus areas:
General management
Commercial sales
Strategic partnerships

Ces Jyrwa
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Focus areas:
Speaker management
Updating conference site/s
Social media posts and monitoring

Carlotta Serantoni
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Focus areas:
Partnership sales
Publisher partnerships

Bastian Schwithal
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Focus areas:
Di5rupt Entrepreneur-in-Residence: DACH region