Algarve Daily News

9 October 2012 - Algarve Daily News

Portugal's has been awarded prizes for the best European golf destination, and the best beach destination, at the World Travel Awards 2012, held in the Algarve.

The only hotel outside the Algarve receiving an award was the Bairro Alto boutique hotel in Lisbon, considered the best in Portugal.

Christopher Frost, vice president of the WTA, told reporters that these awards are proof that the Algarve is a "great market" and that tourists continue to visit the region, especially the luxury resort sector which is not much affected by the crisis.

The presentation of the WTA awards, known as the ‘Oscars of tourism,’ was held at the newly opened Conrad Algarve hotel, at Quinta do Lago, organised in partnership with Turismo do Algarve, and was attended by representatives from 35 countries.

The Vila Joya Hotel in Galé, was considered the best boutique resort in Europe, and the new Conrad Algarve won an award for the best new European resort.

Dunas Doradas Beach Club and the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel were also honored with awards for best villa complex and best villa resort, respectively.

The distinction for the best conference hotel was given to the Ria Park Hotel & Spa, and the Sheraton Algarve Hotel and Pine Cliffs Resort were honored as the best family holiday resorts.

Other hotels distinguished were Le Meridien Penina, considered the best golf resort, the Hilton Vilamoura was considered the best hotel, and the Conrad Algarve honored as the best new luxury resort.

Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort also received the award for best resort, while Blu & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort was voted the best Spa resort.

The WTA awards ceremony, watched keenly by worldwide media, brings recognition and rewards to the winners and their regions.

Portugal
Portugal's Leading Boutique Hotel Bairro Alto Hotel
Portugal's Leading Conference Hotel Ria Park Hotel & Spa
Portugal's Leading Family Resort Sheraton Algarve Hotel, Pine Cliffs Resort
Portugal's Leading Golf Resort Le Méridien Penina Golf & Resort
Portugal's Leading Hotel Hilton Vilamoura
Portugal's Leading New Luxury Resort Conrad Algarve
Portugal's Leading Resort Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort
Portugal's Leading Spa Resort Blue&Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort

Source: Algarve Daily News

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