Portugal has again been awarded the best European Tourist Destination by the World Travel Awards, the Oscars equivalent in the field of tourism. Portugal is growing in popularity every year, winning an impressive 39 prizes this year in various categories, three more than in 2018.
Portugal defeated countries the following countries to win: Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Among the 39 awards won, 24 are at European level and 15 at National level. The tourist board of Portugal, Turismo de Portugal received the award of the best official tourism body.
TAP was awarded the prize of the best airline in Europe due to it's routes to Africa and South America, and was also awarded the prize for best onboard magazine, 'Up Magazine'.
The Quinta do Lago Hotel was voted the best European beach resort and Epic Sana Lisboa was voted the best business hotel. The Monte Santo Resort in Carvoeiro was voted the best 'Romantic European Resort'.
According to the Deputy and Economy Minister, Pedro Siza Vieira, "it is a great pleasure to receive the 'Oscars' of Best European Destination for the third consecutive year. In recent years, Portugal has been a consistently popular destination. The fact that we have won this distinction 3 years in a row shows that our strategy is right, profitable and is consistent."
"It is a special pride to see that once we have been elected Europe's Most Sustainable Destination in March, we will continue to win sustainability awards, as in the Passadiços do Paiva and the Dark Sky Alqueva, we are getting closer and closer to being the most sustainable destination in the world,"the official added in a statement.
The 24 prizes Portugal won at European level are:
Best European destination - Portugal
Best city destination for short stay in Europe - Lisbon
Best European Island destination - Madeira
Best European beach destination - Algarve
Best adventure tourist attraction - Passadiços do Paiva
Best European airline to fly to Africa - TAP
Best European airline to fly to South America - TAP
Best European All-Inclusive Resort - Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive Beach and Spa Resort
Best European beach resort - Hotel Quinta do Lago
Best European Boutique Hotel - Quinta da Bela Vista Hotel, Madeira
Best European Cruise Port - Cruise Port of Lisbon
Best European hotel design - 1908 Lisbon Hotel
Best European Business Hotel - Epic Sana Lisboa Hotel
Best European board magazine - Up Magazine (TAP)
Best European Island Resort - Belmond Reid's Palace
Best European Lifestyle Resort - Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa
Best Luxury European Lifestyle Resort - Conrad Algarve
Best European Luxury Hotel & Villas - Vila Vita Parc
Best European Meeting and Conference Hotel - Epic Sana Lisboa Hotel
Best European Villas Resort - Dunas Douradas Beach Club, Golden Triangle
Best European tourism development project - Passadiços do Paiva
Official European Tourism Organization - Turismo de Portugal
Most Romantic Resort in Europe - Monte Santo Resort
European Prize for Responsible Tourism - Dark Sky Alqueva