Portugal: And the World Travel Awards Go to... Portugal

5 December 2018 - International Meetings Review

Portugal was voted World's Leading Destination for the second time in a row, surpassing strong competitors: South Africa, Brazil, Spain, USA, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, New Zealand, Kenya, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, commented in a statement that "we are very proud to receive this distinction again". "Being the world champion in tourism for the second consecutive year is a sign of Portugal's ability to gain a foothold internationally, thanks to the work of all the Portuguese. Portugal is indeed a must-see destination. This is, above all, a prize for the Portuguese," the governor mentioned.

The Portuguese capital won two World Tourism "Oscars", specifically World's Leading City Destination and World's Leading City Break Destination. Madeira is World's Leading Island Destination and Turismo de Portugal the World's Leading Tourist Board.

The World Travel Awards are awarded by industry professionals and are often considered the "Oscars" of tourism. They were first awarded in 1993, recognising the work developed in the tourist industry, in order to boost tourism's competitiveness and quality. Winners are chosen worldwide.

Here are the 16 winners:

World's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2018
Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal

World's Leading Airline to Africa 2018
TAP Air Portugal

World's Leading Airline to South America 2018
TAP Air Portugal

World's Leading Boutique Hotel Operator 2018
Amazing Evolution Management

World's Leading City Break Destination 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

World's Leading City Destination 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

World's Leading City Hotel 2018
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Portugal

World's Leading Classic Hotel 2018
Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, Portugal

World's Leading Conservation Company 2018
Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, Portugal

World's Leading Design Hotel 2018
The Vine Hotel, Portugal

World's Leading Destination 2018

World's Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2018
Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant @ Vila Joya, Portugal

World's Leading Inflight Magazine 2018
Up Magazine (TAP Air Portugal)

World's Leading Island Destination 2018
Madeira Islands

World's Leading Luxury Leisure Resort 2018
Conrad Algarve, Portugal

World's Leading Tourist Board 2018
Turismo de Portugal

Source: International Meetings Review


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