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Portugal Honoured with Various Distinctions at the World Travel AwardsTuesday 4 December 2018
Portugal Honoured with Various Distinctions at the World Travel Awards ⇒ Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards has quickly become the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence around the world. This year, the event took place in various countries, from Ras Al Khaimah to Athens as well as Hong Kong, Guayaquil, Durban, Jamaica and its grand final took place this past Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal. Many countries were awarded in the excellence and innovation that they bring for sectors such as aviation, hospitality and tourism. One country in particular collected various distinctions in the event, and that country was none other than Portugal.
This year, the World Travel Awards celebrated its 25th anniversary and its annual programme was one of the most prestigious and comprehensive within the global industry. In 2018, the event gathered some of the most renowned design makers and opinion leaders of the industry at the historic Pátio de Galé. Now, CovetED takes a look at the many awards won by Portugal, a mesmerising country that is quite rich when it comes to tourism!
Ana Mendes Godinho, Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism, Turismo de Portugal receives the award World’s Leading Destination
As we previously mentioned, tourism is one of Portugal’s biggest strengths. This was made clear at the event by the astronomical number of wins that the country was honoured within this category, including “World’s Leading Destination”, “World’s Leading Island Destination” [Madeira] and “World’s Leading Tourist Board”.
Carlos Abade, Member of the Board, Turismo de Portugal accepting the award “World’s Leading Tourist Board”
Many hotels based in Portugal were also distinguished at the World Winners category, including the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon (“World’s Leading City Hotel”), the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel (“World’s Leading Classic Hotel”); The Vine Hotel (“World’s Leading Design Hotel”), the Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant (“World’s Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant”) and the Conrad Algarve (“World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort”)
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
TAP Air Portugal was also honoured with a few distinctions such as World’s Leading Airline to Africa and World’s Leading Airline to South America. Lisbon was named World’s Leading City Destination and City Break Destination. Furthermore, Parques de Sintra in Monte da Lua was awarded the World’s Leading Conservation Company.
Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor, Lisboa City Hall, Turismo de Lisboa, Luis Arnaut, Vice President, Turismo de Lisboa, accept the World’s Leading City Destination and City Break Destination awards in reference to Lisbon.
In the European category, Portugal also had a strong presence, especially when it comes to the hospitality sector. Below, you can find a list of the hotels and resorts that were distinguished in the category:
Passadiços do Paiva
- World’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2018 ⇒ Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark)
- Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2018 ⇒ Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive Beach & Spa Resort
- Europe’s Leading Beach Resort 2018 ⇒ Hotel Quinta do Lago
- Europe’s Leading Boutique Resort 2018 ⇒ Vila Joya
- Europe’s Leading Design Hotel 2018 ⇒ 1908 Lisboa Hotel
- Europe’s Leading Family Resort 2018 ⇒ Ria Park Hotel
- Europe’s Leading Island Resort 2018 ⇒ Belmond Reid’s Palace
- Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Resort 2018 ⇒ Conrad Algarve
- Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas 2018 ⇒ Vila Vita Parc
- Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel 2018 ⇒ Ria Park Hotel
- Europe’s Leading Resort Villas 2018 ⇒ Dunas Douradas Beach Club
- Europe’s Most Romantic Resort 2018 ⇒ Monte Santo Resort
Hotel Quinta do Lago
Vila Vita Parc
Ria Park Hotel
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Source: World Travel Awards