Portugal was chosen this weekend as the best European tourist destination for the third year in a row, as part of the World Travel Awards.
39 “Oscars of Tourism” for Portugal
The 2019 ceremony of the "Oscars" of tourism took place in Madeira and Portugal was awarded a total of 39 prizes. Three more than last year. Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Turkey were also awarded the best tourist destination prize.
Pedro Siza Vieira, Deputy Minister of Economy, commented in a statement that "it is a great pleasure to receive Oscars for Best European Destination for the third consecutive year. In recent years, Portugal has become a must-have and irresistible destination, and the fact that we have won this distinction in a row shows that our strategy is right, yields and is consistent ".
He added that "it is a special pride to see that, once we have been elected the Most Sustainable Destination in Europe in March, we will continue to win sustainability awards, as in the Passadiços do Paiva and the Dark Sky Alqueva. We are getting closer to being the most sustainable destination in the world" quotes Business.
Best City Break Destination and Best Cruise Port awarded to Lisbon
Portugal won 24 European and 15 national awards, including the best City Break destination and best cruise port, awarded to Lisbon, and the best island destination, to Madeira.
Quinta do Lago won this year's award for the best European beach resort, and Quinta da Bela Vista was the best boutique hotel in Europe. The Epic Sana Lisboa was the best business hotel, and the Monte Santo Resort is the best romantic resort in Europe.
The Passadiços do Paiva, in Arouca, were distinguished as the best tourism development project and best adventure tourism destination. Turismo de Portugal received the award as the best official travel agency, while TAP is Europe's best airline in connections to Africa and South America.
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