Portugal was extremely excited this Sunday, as the most important Tourism Award ceremony ended. The European edition of the World Travel Awards gave our country 24 prizes, after we were nominated at 91 categories. Ten more ‘Oscars of tourism’ were given to Portugal compared to last year, beating a new record. These were the winners:
The city of Lisbon
Despite not having won this year’s best European destination prize, Lisbon managed to pull off two prizes thanks to the cruises, as it was declared the best cruise-destination and the best harbour.
Competing for the same prize, but with less chances of winning, was the company Douro Azul that won the prize for the best fluvial cruise. It is the second time the company wins this prize, first time dating in 2014.
The region of Algarve won the prize in the ‘best beach destination’ category again, the second year in a row. Together it has won 3 times. The first time was in 2013.
For the third time, Madeira wins the prize for the best island destination in Europe, winning the same category last year, but at a global level.
The Walks of Paiva
It is not by chance that we mention so many time the The Walks of Paiva (Portuguese: Passadiços do Paiva – check our article on the topic here). This time the place did not pass by unnoticed at the ‘Oscars of Tourism’. It became the winner of the most innovative project in 2016.
Tourism of Portugal
The Tourism of Portugal Association won this year the prize for the best member of the Tourism section.
The Portuguese airliner was the winner of three prizes this year – the best connection to Africa and the best connection to South America. The third prize was for the UP magazine for the best publication on board of a plane.
In the hospitality sector…
There were various hotels in Portugal that won prizes at the European World Travel Awards. In total there were 14 hotels. In Madeira, the winning hotels were: Pestana Porto Santo, Madeira (the best all-inclusive resort), The Vine (the best hotel and island-spa centre) and Choupana Hills that received the prize for the best boutique resort. The last prize came with a bitter-sweet acceptance, as the location was totally destroyed by recent fires in Madeira. There were more winning hotels in the region of Algarve: Hotel Quinta do Lago in Algarve (the best beach resort), Vila Joya in Algarve (the best boutique hotel), Pine Cliffs Resort (Algarve, family resort), Private Villas do Vila Vita Parc (the best hotel with villas), Conrad Algarve (the best resort and luxury spa), EPIC SANA Algarve (the best for incentives tourism), Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites (new resort) and the Monte Santo Resort (romantic resort). In Lisbon, the winners were Myriad by SANA Hotels (the best business hotel), the Altis Belém (the best designer’s hotel) and the Bairro Alto Hotel (the best reference hotel).
Translation by Ioana Bota